Civil Society participation and achievements

An agreement between Donors, Governments AND CIVIL SOCIETY

The Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation is the multilateral agreement resulting from the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), 29 November to 1 December 2011 in Busan, Republic of Korea, agreed for the first time by civil society organizations as full and equal participants as well as partners governments, traditional donors, South South cooperators, the BRICS, and private donors.

SectionContent
Civil society achievementsRecognition of the International Framework and the Istanbul Principles
Civil society analysis and reactions to the Busan outcome agreementConsolidated Civil Society Analysis of the Busan Partnership - Individual CSO and CSO network reactions
Civil society in the press at HLF4CSO press releases and press articles mentioning CSO participation
Ways forwardCSO activities and priorities post Busan

See also

Civil society mobilization in preparation for the HLF4Global CSO Key Messages and Proposals - Thematic and regional CSO positions - Selection procedure for CSO participation
Civil Society events at the HLF4Civil society side events, communication activities and material at HLF4

Civil Society Achievements

For civil society, the Busan Partnship acknowledges the culmination of our 3-year consultation process with thousands of CSOs worldwide on the standards that guide CSOs role in development. Both the outcomes of the Open Forum - the Istanbul Principles and the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness - have been officially recognized and thus given global legitimacy in the agreement:

Busan Partnership Paragraph 22:

Civil society organisations (CSOs) play a vital role in enabling people to claim their rights, in promoting rights-based approaches, in shaping development policies and partnerships, and in overseeing their implementation. They also provide services in areas that are complementary to those provided by states. Recognising this, we will:

a) Implement fully our respective commitments to enable CSOs to exercise their roles as independent development actors, with a particular focus on an enabling environment, consistent with agreed international rights, that maximises the contributions of CSOs to development.

b) Encourage CSOs to implement practices that strengthen their accountability and their contribution to development effectiveness, guided by the Istanbul Principles and the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness.

Civil Society Reactions and Analysis of the Busan Partnership

Final Consolidated Civil Society Analysis of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

(March 2012)

framed on the CSO Key Messages and Proposals to HLF4 (also known as the CSO Key Asks):

English, Français, Español

Overview of Consolidated Civil Society Communications at HLF4

StatementsDateLanguage Versions
Open Forum Final Response to Busan Partnership Document2 December 2011English, French, Spanish
- See also: Open Forum post-Busan Newsletter: Outcomes and Ways Forward December 2012English - French - Spanish
BetterAid Final Response to Busan Partnership Document2 December 2011English, French, Spanish
Closing Speech by Open Forum co-chair Emele Duituturaga (see Video)1 December 2011English, French, Spanish
Opening Speech by BetterAid co-chair Antonio Tujan (see Video)30 November 2011English
Civil society Statement to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness29 November 2011English, French, Spanish
Annex to Civil Society Statement to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness29 November 2011English
CSO Statement in Response to the Joint Declaration on Private Sector28 November 2011English
UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai - Keynote address at Busan Global Civil Society Forum26 November 2011English, French, Spanish and VIDEO

More CSO Reactions

OrganizationStatementLanguage Versions
ACT AllianceGeopolitics and Financial Crisis Change the Architecture of Development CooperationEnglish
Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)A Feminist view of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid EffectivenessEnglish
Eurodad (by Bodo Ellmers)Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: some progress, no clear commitments, no thanks to EUEnglish
Africa CSO Platform for Principled Partnership (ACP)Gains and Losses at Busan 4th High Level ForumEnglish
AidWatch CanadaThe Busan Partnership for Effective Development
Cooperation: Foundations for development effectiveness?
English
InterActionA Milestone in Civil Society Advocacy for Development EffectivenessEnglish
CIVICUSProfessionalism, organisation, seriousness, work and creativity do payEnglish
Publish What You FundAid transparency in the Busan Outcome DocumentEnglish
Richard Ssewakiryanga (Uganda National NGO Forum)Post-Busan Reflections: CSO Participation – An Idea Whose Time has Come!English
ITUCTrade Unions position on Busan PartnershipEnglish; French; Spanish

Civil Society at HLF4 in the Media

Press ReleasesDateLanguage Versions
Global leaders make aid deal, but business remains unfinished, say civil society organizations1 December 2011English, French, Spanish
Busan Partnership a compromise, says civil society - Civil society standards acknowledged but enabling environment remains stumbling block1 December 2011English, French, Spanish
Breakthrough as BRIC nations sign up to global aid deal, but history not made yet, say civil society organizations1 December 2011English
US Secretary of State Clinton congratulates Civil Society on Istanbul Principles while evidence shows governments have failed short on their commitments30 November 2011English, French, Spanish
- See also: Transcipt of speech by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton acknowledging the Principles of Istanbul (see Video)30 November 2012English
World governments have failed to make aid work: civil society gives 3 ways to fix it28 November 2011English, French, Spanish
UN special rapporteur Maina Kiai says upcoming aid forum could start ripple effect for freer global civil society26 November 2011English
Media MentionsFeature
Agence France Presse (AFP)Donors agree new ’transparent’ aid partnership
Al JazeeraForum on international development assistance held in Busan
DevexWe came, we saw, we conquered - Opinion Piece on Busan results by Richard Ssewakiryanga
GuardianRwanda demands end to tied aid - South Korea: a model of development? - Hillary Clinton declares US support for aid initiative - Africa is on the move, says Blair - China and India to join aid partnership on new terms
Inter Press Service (IPS)Civil Society Unifies Position Ahead of Aid Summit - South-South Ties Reshape Aid Paradigm - CSOs Can Expect a Struggle at Busan - New Deal for Donors and Recipients at Busan? - Inclusiveness Wins at Busan Aid Forum - Busan Skirts Gender Equality - Walk the Busan Talk
Korea HeraldWomen key to development
Korea Joongang DailyBusan aid forum is most inclusive ever
Korea Times/YonhapKeep promises!
Washington PostClinton: Aid for world’s poor is national security priority even during economic turmoil
YonhapDonors, recipients agree to form new global aid partnership

Ways Forward

Backed by the global multi-stakeholder recognition of the Busan Partnership, the implementation of the Istanbul Principles and the broader International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness at national level will be the opportunity for civil society to realize our vision of development effectiveness and advance the enabling environment dimension. Here is an idea of the key areas and tools that civil society may use to accomplish this:

Key AreasTools and Resources
International Framework - Istanbul Principles:Implementation Toolkit - Practitioners Activity Guide
International Framework - Enabling Environment:Advocacy Toolkit

Go to the CSO Post Busan Activities and Resources page for an overview of CSO mobilization opportunities/events and tools to implement the Busan commitments!

See also

SectionContent
Civil Society’s role in official bodies of the Global Partnership coming out of BusanCivil society participation and submissions to Steering Committee meetings and Global Partnership communications (as of June 2012)
Civil Society in the Post Busan Interim GroupCivil society participation and submissions to Post Busan Interim Group meetings (January - June 2012)