Civil Society mobilization in preparation for the HLF4

CSO Key Messages and Proposals
National, regional, and thematic CSO positions
Selection process for CSO participation to HLF4
Civil society responses to the draft versions of the Busan agreement

CSO Key Messages and Proposals

The CSO Strategy Meeting on the 14 and 15 of March 2011 finalized the key asks that civil society advocated in the run-up to HLF4:

CSOs on the Road to Busan: Key Messages and Proposals

- A. Fully evaluate and deepen the Paris and Accra commitments (including democratic ownership, multi-stakeholder policy dialogue, use of country systems and end to aid tying and conditionality)

- B. Strengthen development effectiveness through practices based on human rights standards

- C. Affirm and ensure the participation of the full diversity of CSOs as independent development actors in their own right:
Endorse the Istanbul Principles and acknowledge the Open Forum’s International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness to put these Principles into practice

- D. Promote equitable and just development cooperation architecture

- Download the full CSO Key Messages and Proposals

- Download the summary CSO Key Messages and Proposals

- View the CSO Video que that accompanies the CSO Key Messages and Proposals

- Download the National Advocacy and Media Toolkit

As part of the CSO Key Asks, the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness was a key contribution to the collective civil society statement towards HLF4.

In addition, the Multi-Stakeholder Task Team on CSO Effectiveness and Enabling Environment, consisting of partner government, donor and CSO representatives, has completed a series of demands for Busan with a mutual declaration of what should constitute an enabling environment for civil society.

Regional and Thematic CSO Positions

Along with the consolidated CSO Key Messages and Proposals, groups of regional and thematic CSOs also put forward their own statements in the run up to HLF4 – these complement the consolidated CSO Key Messages and Proposals.

Regional Position papers

- Pacific Islands: Development Cooperation Regional Policy Brief
- MENA Region: Aid effectiveness and development paths in the Arab region: Key Demands
- Africa: Road to Busan-Korea - Key messages by African CSOs to the 4th High Level Forum
- Africa: Pan African CSO Pre-Busan Conference Report
- Africa: The Accra Civil Society Consensus on Africa’s Position on Aid and Development Effectiveness
- Africa: Statement towards the HLF4, OSCAF and REPAOC
- Asia Pacific: CSO Statement on Development Cooperation for Sustainable Development
- Europe: CONCORD position paper on CSO enabling environment for the 4th High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea
- Europe: CONCORD AidWatch reaction to the European Commission’s Communication
Proposal for the EU Common Position for the
HLF4, Busan
; CONCORD AidWatch position paper "European NGOs demand greater ambitions from EU Member States for Busan - Urgent call for EU action"
- Latin America: Draft synthesis of regional consolidating workshop of CSO actitivites towards HLF4; Latin American CSOs at the HLF4

National Position papers

- Australia: National CSO platform Advocacy Letter to the Australian government
- Central African Republic: Declaration des OSC relative a l’Efficacite de l’Aide Publique au Developpement en Republique Centrafricaine conformement au Processus de Mise En Oeuvre de la Declaration de Paris et du Programme d’Action d’Accra (en Français)
- Colombia: Key Messages from Colombian CSOs to the Actors of International Cooperation for Development (in English); Mensajes Claves de las OSC Colombianas a los Actores de la Cooperación Internacional al Desarrollo (in Spanish)
- France: Position paper in the road to Busan (in French)
- Ghana: GAEF Declaration on the road to HLF4
- Ireland: Dochas Letter to Minister O’Sullivan on HLF4
- Ivory Coast: Final Declaration (in French)
- Haiti: Haitian CSO Declaration for the HL4 in Busan (in French)
- Laos: CSO Statement
- Moldova: Declaration of National Participation Council Forum
- Morocco: Morocco Declaration in English and Arab
- Nicaragua: Aportes de Nicaragua para FAN4; Posición de las OSC de Nicaragua (in Spanish)
- Nigeria: Abuja Conclusions for HLF4
- Palestina: Palestinian civil society initiates campaign to reform international aid in run up to Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness
- Peru: Conclusions for the HLF4
- Philippines: Pushing boundaries in Busan towards people-centered development, Key messages to the HLF4, EILE
- Senegal: The Voice of Senegalese civil society on the road to Busan (in French)
- United Kingdom: Shaping the future of aid
- United States: Interaction Policy Briefings: Aid Effectiveness in Fragile States; Country Ownership; Enabling Environment; Transparency, Accountability and Results; Private Sector in development
- Zambia: Zambia CSOs’ Messages to the HLF4

Thematic Statements

- Climate Finance: Final Position
- Private Sector and Development: Final Position
- CDA Collaborative Learning Projects: Local Perceptions of International Engagement in Fragile States and Situations and Perspectives on the Paris Declaration - policy briefs;
- CDA Collaborative Learning Projects: Partnering with the Private Sector-Local Perspectives on Optimizing Development Opportunities
- Conflict and Fragility: Statement by CSO on improving aid effectiveness in
situations of conflict and fragility
; Summary of the Statement
- CSOs and the International Dialogue Peacebuilding and Statebuilding: Policy Brief 1, Policy Brief 2, Policy Brief 3, Policy Brief 4, Policy Brief 5
- ICSOs: Position of International Civil Society Organisations (ICSOs) on

- Gender:
- CSOs on the Road to Busan: Gender Equality and the Development Effectiveness Agenda
- Women’s Key Demands for Busan and Beyond in English, French, Spanish and Russian
- Mensajes claves del Foro de la mesa de género de la Coordinatora Civil, Nicaragua (in Spanish)
- Gender Equality and Aid Effectiveness – Suggestions from Pakistan

Selected CSOs for participation at HLF4

For civil society organizations, HLF4 is a particularly significant milestone as it marked the first time that civil society participated as a full and equal stakeholder in aid effectiveness negotiations alongside governments and donors.

300 CSOs represented civil society at the HLF4.

A global call to be accredited as a Civil Society Organization (CSO) participant at the HLF4 was made on April 8 2011 via the BetterAid and Open Forum websites.

700 emails and more than 600 applications were submitted. Networks and organizations represented in the BetterAid and Open Forum steering groups worked together in regional caucuses to lead the selection process for CSOs wanting to represent the region.

Altogether, 270 participants were selected plus a ten percent alternates/reserves list in case a person originally selected was unable to fulfill the requirements of active preparation or was unable to travel to Busan.

Lists of selected participants and CSOs (as of September 25, 2011):

- Africa (Sub Saharan)

- Asia (including Pacific)

- Latin America

- Middle East and North Africa

- Europe (including non EU member states and North America)

- Global CSOs (International CSOs, international networks etc…)

- Korean CSOs had their own selection process in place, aiming at 30 participants.

For more details on the selection process see:

- Selection Process Overview document: methodology and accountability mechanism

- Letter from the Global CSO Selection and Oversight Committee

- Guidance note for Regional Caucuses

also see

- Application Form for Participating as CSO representative at the official HLF IV

- Application Form for Financial Support

- Organizational Endorsement Form

Draft versions of the Busan Outcome Document and civil society responses

Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation Document - DRAFTNovember 2011
Fifth draft Busan Outcome Document; Draft Summary Record and Compendium of inputsNovember 2011
CSO Response to fourth draft Busan Outcome DocumentNovember 2011
Fourth draft Busan Outcome Document and Draft Summary RecordNovember 2011
CSO Response to third draft Busan Outcome Document: consolidated points and proposals integrated in the documentOctober 2011
Multi-Stakeholder Task Team Response to third Busan Outcome DocumentOctober 2011
Third draft Busan Outcome Document14 October 2011
CSO Response to second draft Busan Outcome DocumentSeptember 2011
Second draft Busan Outcome Document16 September 2011
CSO Response to first draft Busan Outcome DocumentJuly 2011
First draft Busan Outcome Document (zero draft)22 June 2011