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Post-HLM3, civil society vows to continue championing effectiveness

15. Dezember 2022 - 11:52

PRESS RELEASE

15 December 2022

In a statement following the Third High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) (HLM3) in Geneva, civil society organisations (CSO) under the platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) acknowledged key milestones achieved in the Summit, and vowed to continue championing the effectiveness agenda.

The document listed these milestones to move the agenda forward:

  • the mixed participation which may signal revitalised political buy-in of the effectiveness agenda;
  • the emphasis on building trust to make development cooperation more effective, especially to enable civil society, that was a running theme throughout the Summit; and,
  • the new delivery model anchored on the revised monitoring framework that seeks to rally multi-stakeholder dialogue and action at country level.

The civil society delegates especially claimed contributing greatly towards these milestones by calling on development stakeholders to:

  • uphold the importance of the Effectiveness Agenda with the core business as its foundation;
  • provide an enabling environment for CSOs in light of shrinking and closing civic spaces;
  • hold the private sector accountable based on the Kampala Principles;
  • address the systemic causes in reversing the impacts of ongoing conflicts, to prevent an irreversible web of sustained crises; and promote stability and just peace in conflict-affected areas; and,
  • deliver on climate finance commitments.

Around 60 civil society delegates from around the world participated in the Summit in person, to bring the sector’s positions. The delegation also held its action called the Unmet Gala, which featured the same positions messages around effective development cooperation, climate finance, conflict and fragility, private sector engagement, and shrinking civic space.

The full document is available in English here, and in French here.

“CSOs are known for their determination, optimism and creativity in the face of dire circumstances. We will continue to be relentless champions of the effectiveness agenda and do our part to deliver a just and sustainable development,” the statement concludes.#

 

 

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Civil society says no to status quo, people over profit, through Unmet Gala

13. Dezember 2022 - 9:39

NEWS RELEASE

13 December 2022

Geneva, Switzerland – Global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) held a parade for effective development cooperation in time for the High-Level Meeting (HLM3) in Geneva, last 13 December at the Hilton Hotel lobby.

Titled CPDE Unmet Gala: A civil society parade for equality and justice, the event was a twist on the Met Gala, and made a reference to unmet development effectiveness commitments towards sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The parade featured bespoke clothing designed by a collective of artists from the global South (SAKA), around the themes of SDGs, climate change, conflict and fragility, shrinking civic space, and private sector engagement.

Check-out the photos of each attire and the parade on our dedicated webpage.

“Through this event, CPDE hopes to more creatively convey our demands around effective development cooperation, and urgent and extraordinary measures needed to put us back on track towards the SDGs or the Agenda 2030,” said CPDE co-chair Marita Gonzalez.

Images and slogans like No to status quo, There is no Planet B, and People over profit embroidered, hand-painted, sublimated, or sewn on the upcycled clothing, were worn by CPDE members from around the world. The messages were based on the civil society delegation’s messages and key asks for the Effective Development Cooperation Summit/HLM3.

The Unmet Gala attires were later showcased in the Summit venue, as an interactive space where participants were also able try them on in support of the messages.

 

 About CPDE. CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness is a platform that unites civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world on the issue of effective development cooperation. Our members come from six regions and eight major sectors: faith-based, feminist, indigenous peoples, international CSOs, labour, migrants, rural, and youth. Learn more via CSOPartnership.org.

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CPDE holds policy conference and global assembly, elects new leaders

12. Dezember 2022 - 0:55

The global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is poised to face the challenges for CSOs and the effectiveness agenda through continued solidarity, after successfully conducting its 2022 Policy Conference and Global Assembly.

Held at the Geneva Press Club in Geneva, Switzerland last 9 December 2022, the event gathered members from around the world in person and online to talk about the future of development effectiveness and the platform, to tackle plans for the High-Level Meeting 3 (HLM3) and the next years, to elect new leaders and thank the outgoing co-chairs, and to foster solidarity and reaffirm the importance of effective development cooperation.

Simultaneous discussions were held on the subjects of private sector, monitoring, climate finance, nexus, localisation, and development finance (Integrated National Financing Frameworks), followed by a synthesis of key messages, and their implications on the work of CPDE. Members were then informed about the State of the Platform, key points from the report of the Independent Accountability Committee and the Strategic Plan review, and the resulting Strategic Outlook.

The Global Assembly has also confirmed its CPDE Feminist Group Co-Chair Nurgul Dzhanaeva, and elected four new co-chairs, in addition to current co-chair Richard Ssewakiryanga: Luca de Fraia of ActionAid Italia and the CPDE ICSO sector, Biljana Spasovska of Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) and CPDE Europe, Pedro Boca of ABONG (Brazil) and CPDE Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

All new co-chairs committed to continuing to unite CSOs, and advancing the platform’s effectiveness advocacy. At the activity, the assembly also bid goodbye to outgoing co-chairs Justin Kilcullen, Beverly Longid, Marita Gonzalez, and Rosabel Agirregomezkorta.#

 

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Geneva Declaration: Building trust important for enabling civil society

11. Dezember 2022 - 9:17

In a statement called the Geneva Declaration, civil society organisations from around the world highlighted the importance of promoting trust to provide an enabling environment for CSOs, amid today’s multiple crises.

The CSOs were gathered for a conference on trust-building organised by the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, in the lead-up to the Development Cooperation Summit in Geneva, Switzerland last 10 December 2022.

CSOs argued that, “CSO Development Effectiveness can only be fulfilled when civic space is protected and there is trust among development actors. Trust-building is crucial to create enabling conditions for local initiatives and
organisations to thrive.”

The signing organisations also called for “the implementation of declarations and commitments made in Paris, Accra, Busan, Nairobi and now Geneva, on CSO enabling environment and development effectiveness,” and committed to take the necessary steps to promote trust and strengthen our partnerships with other stakeholders.

The declaration ends with calls to various development stakeholders, including members of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, governments, DAC or development assistance committee donors, and all providers of development assistance, around steps to promote trust and to reverse the trend of shrinking civic space, ensure CSO Enabling Environment, and promote the realisation of CSO development effectiveness.

Read the full declaration here.#

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21st CPDE Coordination Committee Meeting

8. Dezember 2022 - 4:15
The 21st CPDE Coordination Committee Meeting, held 8 December 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland, featured discussions on the platform’s HLM3 preparations and political ambitions, governance, the strategic plan review, programme evaluations, and strategic outlook.

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CPDE to hold Unmet Gala on unfulfilled development effectiveness commitments

7. Dezember 2022 - 17:22

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CONTACT: MEG YARCIA, Communications Manager, CPDE

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In time for the High-Level Meeting (HLM3) in Geneva, global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is holding a parade for effective development cooperation on 13 December 12PM at the Hilton Hotel Geneva lobby.

Titled CPDE Unmet Gala: A civil society parade for equality and justice, the event is a twist on the Met Gala, and makes a reference to unmet development effectiveness commitments towards sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The parade will feature bespoke clothing designed by a collective of artists from the global South, around the themes of SDGs, climate change, conflict and fragility, shrinking civic space, and private sector engagement.

“Through this event, CPDE hopes to more creatively convey our demands around effective development cooperation, and urgent and extraordinary measures needed to put us back on track towards the SDGs or the Agenda 2030,” says CPDE co-chair Marita Gonzalez.

Images and slogans like No to status quo, There is no Planet B, and People over profit embroidered, hand-painted, sublimated, or sewn on the upcycled clothing, which will be worn by CPDE members from around the world. The messages are based on the civil society delegation’s messages and key asks for the Effective Development Cooperation Summit/HLM3.

After the parade, the attires will be showcased in the Summit venue, as an interactive space where participants can also try them on in support of the messages. Videos and photos of the Gala will also be published via the CPDE website and social media.

About CPDE. CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness is a platform that unites civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world on the issue of effective development cooperation. Our members come from six regions and eight major sectors: faith-based, feminist, indigenous peoples, international CSOs, labour, migrants, rural, and youth. Learn more via CSOPartnership.org.

 

 

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HLM3 News: Development stakeholders to discuss building trust for enabling civil society

6. Dezember 2022 - 15:23

In time for the Effective Development Cooperation Summit/ GPEDC’s High-Level Meeting (HLM3) 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland, the civil society delegation invited various stakeholders to discuss trust-building towards enabling civil society.

The global, multistakeholder conference was organised by the civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, and will be held onsite at the Geneva Press Club, and on Zoom (register here) on 10 December 2022, 8AM to 5PM CET.

Resource persons will speak on the following subjects:

  • Regional conference and country action dialogues (featuring country cases from Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean)
  • The challenge before us: Trust and the world in crisis
  • Building Trust for CSO Effectiveness for SDGs and Country Development Results:
  • Partner Country and Development Partner Perspectives
  • Geneva Declaration Presentation and consensus-building

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness is a platform that unites civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world on the issue of effective development cooperation. Our members come from six regions and eight major sectors: faith-based, feminist, indigenous peoples, international CSOs, labour, migrants, rural, and youth. #

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Civil society platform to push development actors to deliver effectiveness promises

5. Dezember 2022 - 21:43

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) will ring the alarm for decision-makers to transform their “business-as-usual” approach and deliver on their effectiveness commitments towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in the 2022 Effective Development Cooperation (EDC) Summit taking place on December 12th to 14th in Geneva.

Taking place at the midpoint of Agenda 2030, the EDC Summit aims to build trust between the various stakeholders to uphold the effectiveness principles – democratic ownership, inclusive partnerships, focus on results, and transparency and accountability – in the current context of the pandemic, a deepening climate emergency, and many economic shocks.

Specific demands from CPDE directed to the Summit participants include:    The CPDE Key Asks are available here.

The Summit will bring together ministers, decision-makers on development co-operation policies and programs, civil society leaders, corporate leaders, and other key actors from trade unions, foundations, multilateral development banks, local and regional governments, parliamentarians, and academia.

Government representatives include those from Bangladesh, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Indonesia, Switzerland, and UK.

This will be the third High Level Meeting (HLM3) organised by theplatform Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), the primary multi-stakeholder vehicle for driving development effectiveness.

For its part as the CSO representative to the GPEDC, CPDE is bringing 60 delegates from around the world to advocate the sector’s demands. The full delegation list is available here.

CPDE is an open platform unites civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world on the issue of effective development cooperation. They collaborate with civil society organisations and networks in more than a hundred countries, and their members come from six regions and eight sectors: faith-based, feminist, indigenous peoples, international CSOs, labour, migrants, rural, and youth.#

 

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Shining light or risky business? A review of UN guidance on INFFs

28. November 2022 - 9:24

Countries in the Global South face a dire economic situation already on the sharp end of the climate emergency, they now face compounding shocks from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and spill-overs from geopolitical instability, including the war in Ukraine. It is estimated that the cumulative effect of these crises could push an additional 263 million people into extreme poverty this year.

Against this dark backdrop, Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) – an approach by which countries can put together strategies for financing their national ‘sustainable development’ priorities – have been said to offer a “shining light.”

Titled Shining light or risky business? A critical review of the UN’s guidance on Integrated National Financing Frameworks, this paper casts doubt as to whether, in their current form, INFFs can really live up to this claim or whether their “light” may be leading countries in risky directions whilst distracting from the fundamental structural solutions that are really needed to achieve economic justice in the Global South. It highlights three main areas of concern regarding how these Frameworks are promoted and implemented:

  • INFFs may distract attention in global policy processes away from wider economic justice imperatives
  • they erode local peoples’ ownership of the financing strategies that affect their lives
  • they may be encouraging countries to favour risky reforms.

There is no doubt that in such dark economic times, “shining lights” are sorely needed. But the analysis in this paper suggests that INFFs, as they are currently promoted and implemented, are at best a false dawn – and at worst risk intensifying the darkness. The further promotion of the INFFs is problematic until the key concerns paper are resolved. This would mean:

  • changing the discourse on the role of INFFs in Financing for Development
  • a central role for representative civil society organisations and peoples’ movements
  • enabling free choices on whether and how to implement INFFs
  • rebalancing INFF policy options away from risky reforms.

This CPDE paper, situated within the current global challenges, follows the paper published in July 2021,“Ambition and concerns: An overview of the INFF. It is based on a detailed desk review of the INFF guidance documents published by the United Nations (UN) Department for Economic and Social Affairs, together with other documents from the UN Financing for Development process and from international stakeholders playing a prominent role in the INFF process. The key findings were discussed in an official side event to the UN High Level Political Forum in July 2022.

Watch the event on INFF here.

CPDE is grateful for Polly Meeks’ leadership on this report and would like to thank the CSO colleagues and expert practitioners that provided suggestions and comments. This CPDE project was coordinated by Luca De Fraia for the ICSO Sector.#

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SAVE THE DATE: Launch of CPDE Private Sector Watch

23. November 2022 - 5:34
Bridging the Gap: Ensuring private sector accountability in development cooperation

The CPDE PSE Task Force will be holding “Bridging the Gap: Ensuring private sector accountability in development cooperation” on 1 December 2022, 12 PM CET/ 7 PM Manila, in order to launch the Private Sector Watch Global Synthesis Report and Online Hub.

Register here!

In recent years, the private sector has emerged as a key development actor, as it is given a role in defining, pursuing and financing development. With this, there is a need to ensure that private sector entities promote responsible business behavior in development cooperation, promoting accountability, adhering to the development effectiveness principles and upholding the human rights-based approach. In this context, CPDE’s initiative on private sector engagement (PSE) is two-fold – monitoring existing PSE projects through the Private Sector Watch, and conducting outreach to social enterprises as potential partners in development cooperation through the Action Research on Key Actors in the Social Enterprises Sector.

The CPDE Private Sector Watch (PS Watch) aims to monitor private sector engagement in development cooperation through case studies from the network’s constituencies. Under the PS Watch, constituencies looked into specific country initiatives where private sector entities are partnering with governments for development, its impact on specific sectors of society, and their compliance with the Kampala Principles. These case studies are compiled into a Global Synthesis Report and an online hub.

The PS Watch Global Synthesis Report highlights common themes, trends and forwards policy recommendations for more effective private sector engagement. The PS Watch Online Hub is an online repository of development projects conducted with private sector entities, spanning across various countries, sectors, modalities and partnerships. The online hub will feature case studies from the PS Watch research, as well as the Action Research on Key Actors in the Social Enterprises Sector, in order to facilitate the continued monitoring of the private sector’s role in development cooperation and to highlight the impact of social enterprises in contributing to the development of their partner communities.

The launch aims to:

  • Discuss key findings and forward policy recommendations on PSE in time for the Effective Development Co-operation Summit
  • Facilitate dialogue and peer-learning among development actors on how to effectively implement private sector initiatives
  • Promote the watchdog function of CSOs and highlight the potential of social enterprises as potential partners for development cooperation

The event will be available in English, Spanish, and French. Register here!

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CPDE-LAC holds training on Network and Project Management

20. November 2022 - 0:06

CPDE-LAC held its regional training on network and project management last Thursday and Friday, 10 and 11 November. Both sessions were conducted over Zoom and were attended by more than 28 CSO representatives.

The content used in the training was based on the Cap Dev training and facilitator guides, which can be found here: https://csopartnership.org/capacity-development-for-csos

Participants came from the following countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region: Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina.

The first day dealt with the topic of Network Management. The following topics were addressed:

 

Introduction and discussion on CPDE LAC.
  1. Regional context, forms of programming, planning and coordination, involvement in global processes
  2. Challenges identified by the LAC Regional Assembly in network development and engagement.
  3. Plenary/questions and answers

     

CPDE as an advocacy network for the effectiveness agenda
  • Global Context: CPDE and the effectiveness agenda
  • Getting to know CPDE/ Advocacy Network Areas and Working Groups
  • CPDE Global Challenges
  • Q&A

     

     

Plenary – Discussion session 2 key questions
  1. How can we use CPDE as an advocacy tool from regional to global level?
  2. What could we commit to – place ourselves in something CPDE does e.g. Private Sector Engagement (PSE), Climate Finance (CF), Development Effectiveness (DE), Enabling Environment (EE), Triple Nexus Humanitarian, Development and Peace (HDP).

The second day was on Project Management where the sessions were divided as follows:

Session 1 – CPDE Project Cycle Management
  1. Identifying the challenges of development partners in project management
  2. Presentation of CPDE project cycle management
Plenary 1. What are the challenges of project implementation in your CSO?
2. How do you solve or plan to solve these challenges? Session 2 – Programming and monitoring EDC results
  1. Scope of partners’ current EDC programmes
  2. Presentation of CPDE programme areas and monitoring of outcomes
Plenary Workshop on development partners: (i) challenges in monitoring results
(ii) problem-solving measures to respond to challenges

You can access the slides used in the training here.

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CPDE policy brief calls for effectiveness in climate finance

14. November 2022 - 18:26

Through a policy brief, global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness called on development stakeholders to uphold effectiveness principles in the global climate finance architecture.

The four effectiveness principles, also known as the Busan Principles, are the following:

Country ownership. Countries set their own national development priorities, and development partners align their support accordingly while using country systems.
Focus on results. Development cooperation seeks to achieve measurable results by using country-led results frameworks and monitoring and evaluation systems.
Inclusive partnerships. Development partnerships are inclusive, recognising the different and complementary roles of all actors.
Transparency and mutual accountability. Countries and their development partners are accountable to each other and to their respective constituents. They are jointly responsible for ensuring that development cooperation information is publicly available.

“As the international community seeks to scale up the delivery of climate finance, there is growing interest on how effectiveness principles could be applied to ensure relevance and greater accountability of international climate finance effectively. This paper highlights some of the key issues of interest to the international community in this respect, drawing on insights from the literature on climate finance, and the development community’s experience and lessons in advocating for aid effectiveness.”

On this basis, the brief outlines an initial approach to examine the key components of effective global climate finance architecture, with reference to the administration and governance and the disbursement and implementation of climate change funding.

The document guided the platform’s engagements at the COP27 in Egypt. Download the full paper via this link.#

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No time to spare in addressing challenges in making climate finance effective

13. November 2022 - 9:12

The past months have reminded us yet again that we are, indeed, in a race against time. With the latest IPCC report revealing how the world is heading in every wrong direction possible in its decades-long fight against climate change, it may seem that all hope is lost and we are only left waiting for the inevitable end. Yet the best available science says the opposite. There is still hope, and we will not be condemned to a destruction-filled future, if we act fast.

That leaves world governments and corporations majorly responsible for the ongoing climate breakdown to take drastic, larger-than-life actions for the next three years. Actions that veer away from the ‘business as usual’ route. But carving a development path towards a just, climate-resilient future proves to be highly contentious and an equally political one, at that.

Current plans and voluntary pledges fail to make a significant impact on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. And despite their large-scale commitments at Glasgow last year, developed nations such as the United States and the United Kingdom are leading the push for new fossil fuel infrastructure rise in arms spending thwarts aid crucial to achieving not only climate action and resilience but also the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

With a lack of a concrete, unified plan, as well as governments quickly watering down their responsibilities in jointly mobilising the long overdue USD 100 billion goal , we are nowhere near making finance flows consistent with much needed climate-resilient development.[1] This attests to the glaring truth that inasmuch as climate finance has always been integral to negotiations, it has done far from enough for developing nations — with calls from grassroots and vulnerable communities visibly falling on deaf ears .

As climate financing is rife with issues at the country level — more importantly in aligning national development strategies — achieving a just transition amid a crucial tipping point in history requires tackling with depth and urgency the challenges in governing, delivering, and monitoring effective climate finance.

No ODA as climate finance

Last year’s COP26 called on Parties to scale up their contributions in line with the increasing impacts of the climate crisis on developing countries. With ongoing talks expected to dominate COP27 this November, little discussion is raised at the policy level as to whether new and additional climate finance — those sourced outside existing official development assistance (ODA) flows and on top of the 0.7 per cent of donor countries’ gross national income (GNI) — is being met with significant results.

Despite a strong legal binding that puts emphasis on burden-sharing, more o the responsibility of developed nations to meet the incurred costs of their historic emissions, the crux would be on the terms “new” and “additional,” as they have never been properly defined nor their parameters set straight. The 2015 Paris Agreement further confused this notion of being on top of current development aid  by defining it [new and additional] as “a progression beyond previous efforts.”[2]

In a muddled state of affairs, bilateral country donors are given the leeway to define what is “new and additional” in their respective contributions. Almost all developed countries have included and reported climate finance in their ODA, consequently establishing their own benchmarks.[3] This lack of clarity results in the conflating and further cannibalising of ODA, stunting the growth and progress of climate finance while simultaneously compromising needed financing for development .

More loans are then consequently disseminated in the guise of climate aid to developing nations, as opposed to direct, accessible grants. Bilateral donors are no stranger to this practice. Headliner countries like Japan and France have provided a meagre 14 per cent and 10 per cent of their respective climate finance as grants in 2016-2018, despite contributing more than their fair share. The same has been observed in multilateral financing, with non-concessional loans making up the largest share of multilateral development banks’ (MDBs) climate aid in 2019 — amounting to 79 per cent or USD 30.9 billion.

Financing for adaptation continues to lag behind

As major parts of Africa contend with an unprecedented drought that poses to leave over 20 million people in extreme hunger and starvation, and amid other highly damaging catastrophes, calls for the urgent ramping up of adaptation finance have been growing. But patterns of current allocations do not bode well.

In 2019 alone, USD 20 billion went to adaptation projects — a far cry from the USD 50.8 billion provided to mitigation. With annual adaptation costs expected to reach USD 140-300 billion in 2030 amid such a worrying level of financial support, actions made so far towards striking a balance between adaptation and mitigation ultimately fail to echo the language of the Paris Agreement. This is aggravated by a lack of understanding and unified mechanism on how adaptation efforts are to be interpreted in practice and reported subsequently.

Disclosing inflated margins in projects then becomes an open secret in development aid and practice, further overstating the amount donors spend on climate adaptation. Strikingly clear in World Bank’s endeavours, a report by CARE revealed that 86 per cent of the budget for the Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Project in Nepal was listed as adaptation finance regardless of the initiative being unrelated to climate change. Hand in hand with such over-reporting are the series of non-concessional loans and other non-grant instruments that only seek to cripple the already limited capacities of least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS).

With development actors opting to resort to schemes that further displace debt-ridden nations[4] in a crisis that is the least of their doing, continued calls for enhanced global adaptation financing and private sector leveraging will only be — yet again — met in vain should this injustice remain unaddressed.

Ambiguous mechanisms for transparency make way for disparate results

Southern developing countries’ trust in the current processes is vastly eroded by discrepancies in climate finance reporting. Coupled with this is a certain flexibility brought about by the continued lack of a common monitoring and evaluation system. An internationally agreed definition of climate finance is also yet to be settled, allowing space for a wide range of interpretations. In spite of this, assessments made by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) still mainly depend on what governments state in their national reports.

The Rio markers[5] set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a prime example of how such accounting mechanisms impose risks in presenting exaggerated numbers that fail to accurately exhibit what has been provided and mobilised to the global South. Particularly, Japan’s OECD-based financial reporting method for projects that carry environmental themes has been found to be riddled with inconsistencies. Regardless of the extent to which each project truly addresses climate mitigation or adaptation as either a main or minor objective, no distinction is made as 100 per cent of the budget is reported as climate finance, mainly resulting in inflated figures.

This practice by Japan alone already contributes to the annual total for adaptation finance being 10 per cent lower than what developed-country donors disclosed to the OECD. Moreover, the UNFCCC has not signalled a compulsory reporting of net finance accounting for loan repayments, despite non-grant instruments’ dominant influence in the climate finance arena. As a reporting standard has yet to be unanimously agreed upon, results from calculation methods like these inevitably find their way into official reports — a complete antithesis of what effective climate finance should be:  transparent, accountable, and scaled up.

With the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) gearing towards monitoring developed nations’ progress in fulfilling the USD 20 billion deficiency in their joint climate pledge ahead of the November summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, we ought to see another huge disconnect between what has been achieved in numbers and how it translates into action and actual implementation.

No time to spare

All these challenges make one thing clear: the path towards a just transition cannot be achieved without channelling effective climate finance.

These ambiguities and loopholes in the whole climate finance cycle serve as another stern reminder that world leaders and key development actors have done the bare minimum. If widespread injustices are not addressed and urgently called upon, we risk navigating a mechanism plagued by further irregularities that only serve the rich and the most powerful. Pledges and commitments that equate to nothing but a string of empty promises. If left as is, grassroots communities would, for the nth time, get the shorter end of the stick in a battle they are already losing.

It is only through integrating a financing infrastructure that takes into account the importance of development cooperation, human rights, and inclusive decision-making that we can ensure that climate aid and reparations become key drivers to peoples’ empowerment. One that is predictable, adequate, and additional. One that seeks to create an enabling, participatory environment for all sectors of society. One that is effective through and through.

Until climate action sets out to be truly inclusive and reflective of the global South’s crucial role in the climate change discourse, our steadfast call towards upholding effective climate finance through the development effectiveness principles shall persist. We will continue sounding the horn.

Indeed, there’s no time to spare.#

[1] Article 2.1c of the Paris Agreement puts emphasis on the need to make “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.”

[2] As per Article 9.3 of the Paris Agreement

[3] The OECD DAC’s criteria allows bilateral country providers to report climate finance as part of ODA if these are proven concessional, with a focus on people’s welfare and development..

[4] Despite a debt moratorium imposed amid the Covid crisis, at least 62 developing countries spent more on debt service than on healthcare in 2020 — according to Eurodad.

[5] The Rio markers for climate are commonly used by OECD DAC member countries as indicators for each spearheaded development activity and whether it targets climate objectives. Three scores are utilised: Marker 0 for projects carrying no climate objectives; Marker 1 for projects instilling one climate objective among several other ones; Marker 2 for projects with the climate as a principal objective. Countries employ different practices for Marker 1, whereas the full budget is reported for Marker 2. The finance share allocated is then reported to the UNFCCC.

Featured photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

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CPDE at COP27: Global civil society demands world leaders to deliver climate justice towards Just Transition

10. November 2022 - 10:16

CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE)’s delegation at the 27th session of the Conference of Parties (COP27) is calling on world leaders to upscale and deliver on climate finance commitments in order to meet the urgent need for sustainable and effective climate response.

While the impacts of climate change are already breaching the adaptation limits of nations and communities, and little to zero progress has been made in delivering on the commitments made towards mitigation and adaptation since the past Conferences, our global civil society platform, together with the larger CSO movements, demands climate justice by pushing forward the following demands:

Realign climate finance with the Effective Development Cooperation (EDC) principles by incorporating democratic ownership, focus on results, transparency and accountability, and the inclusion of CSOs in climate-related discussions and decision-making processes. The latter is a very pressing issue as last COP26 had more delegates with the fossil fuel industry than Indigenous Peoples and participants from countries worst affected by the climate crisis. Moreover, Egypt, which hosts the COP, is typically repressive of activism domestically, with a very high number of activists, including climate activists, incarcerated under the current administration.

Decolonise climate finance in line with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) by upscaling commitments from developed countries, towards climate mitigation, and specifically loss and damage. It is also urgent to properly fund climate-induced migrations, internal and external displacement, relocation, and resettlement, and to increase access to financing and technology transfer for countries in the Global South. This also requires donors to prioritise grants over loans, and desist from double-counting climate finance commitments as Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Align climate resilience and response policies with the imperative for a Just Transition. This means putting people over profit, adopting a transformative and sustainable model for consumption and production, and refraining from financing unsustainable projects and false solutions that adversely affect the people, the environment, and the world’s biodiversity.

To build more on these demands, CPDE is co-hosting an official side event on 12 November 2022 centered on the issue of putting people and real solutions at the heart of climate action, where CPDE delegates will speak on operationalising development effectiveness principles in climate finance discourse, processes and negotiations.

Please visit the CPDE page on COP27 to read our publications and latest updates on our engagements.#

 

 

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SAVE THE DATE: BCSDN’s launch of research on civil society and private sector cooperation

7. November 2022 - 12:36

The Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) is launching its research on the CSO–Private Sector engagement research, supported by the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness.

At the event, BCSDN’s partners – Albanian Center for Economic ResearchEuropean Policy Institute – Skopje (North Macedonia), and TRAG Foundation (Serbia) – will present their research findings, methodologies, and recommendations on enhancing CSO-Private Sector cooperation towards promoting civic space.

The detailed agenda for the event is available on here, along with a brief background. For any inquiries, get in touch with the BCSDN team at sml@balkancsd.net.

Sign up for the event via this link.

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CPDE to call for scaled up climate finance commitments at COP27

7. November 2022 - 6:54

At the COP27 in Egypt, global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is set to call on global leaders to “upscale and deliver on climate finance commitments to meet the urgent need for sustainable and effective climate response.”

COP27 refers to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of Parties (COP27), the 27th session of the Conference of Parties taking place from 5 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. It will be attended by global leaders, civil society organisations, youth and women movements, academia, experts, researchers, media and private sectors.

Key discussions will focus on climate finance delivery strategy, climate resilient initiatives, operationalisation of the Loss and Damage, and the failure of the most vulnerable countries to receive adequate financing for the climate programs.

The CPDE delegation at COP27 is composed of Policy and Advocacy Coordinator Josefina Villegas and Capacity Development Coordinator Glenis Balangue from the CPDE Global Secretariat, and CPDE Climate Task Force members Ivan Enrile of Ibon International, Carola Mejia of Latindadd, Maggie Mwape of Center for Environmental Justice from Zimbabwe and CPDE’s Youth Constituency, Paul Belisario of the Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), and Pefi King of the Pacific and Migrant constituencies. Advocacy efforts will also be coordinated with participating members from other constituencies (FBO, Labour, Feminist Group).

CPDE is co-hosting an official side event on 12 November centered around the issue of putting people and real solutions at the heart of climate action, and Carola Mejia will speak on operationalising development effectiveness principles in climate finance discourse, processes and negotiations.

CPDE will also be engaging the larger CSO movement coordinated around COP27 advocacy, on issues such as human rights, climate justice and civic space.

Stay updated about our COP27 engagement via this page.#

 

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CPDE Communications Workshop 2022 to focus on media relations and production

2. November 2022 - 11:33

To aid its members in amplifying their work around effective development cooperation (EDC) to the press, global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is holding a communications workshop on media relations and production this November 8, 11, and 16, 2022, 4 to 6PM Philippines, 9 to 11AM France.

More specifically, CPDE aims to help members

  • build a robust relationship with journalists
  • make EDC content more attractive to the media
  • address challenges in media work, such as censorship, and media corporatization
  • reach a bigger audience through traditional and new media

Day 1 will focus on attracting media coverage, getting advocacies into publication, building relationships with media, and broadening the audience, and Days 2 and 3 will be about podcast-making. Resource speakers include seasoned journalists from Asia, as well as digital storytelling experts from Comundos.

The activity will be available in English and French. To register, visit this link.

CPDE would be more than happy to welcome all cause-oriented organisations, with the caveat that resource persons will be prioritising objectives related to media work around effective development cooperation.

Please keep visiting this link for more announcements. #

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CPDE Feminist Group shares demands on gender equality, women empowerment indicator

19. Oktober 2022 - 14:53

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) Feminist Group shares its findings and demands on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) Indicator 8, through a Position Paper.

Through CPDE, the CPDE Feminist Group participates in the GPEDC Monitoring Framework, where Indicator 8, same as SDG 5.c.1, refers to whether “Countries have transparent systems to track public allocations for gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

The inclusion of an indicator on women and gender equality was as a result of intensive international women’s movement struggle over the years to widen development partners’ commitments and accountability on women’s rights and gender equality. The indicator encourages governments to put in place a system to track and make public resource allocations which can then inform policy review, better policy formulation and more effective public financial management.

The CPDE Feminist Group invites women civil society organisations’ (CSOs) participation in monitoring SDG 5.c.1 at the country level to be able to advocate for financing for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

In this position paper, CPDE Feminist Group calls for stronger advocacy at the national level for monitoring, addressing challenges and reforming country systems to make commitments to women fully transparent and accountable. By tracking and making public gender equality allocations, governments promote greater transparency, and could result in better accountability.#

 

 

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PHOTO GALLERY: CPDE-LAC holds Regional Meeting and Assembly in Mexico

16. Oktober 2022 - 13:15

The Latin American and Caribbean constituency of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE-LAC) held a meeting between its member organisations in Mexico City on 13, 14 and 15 October 2022.

After more than two years of not having face-to-face meetings due to the pandemic, the meeting brought together more than 15 organisations from 12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that have been engaged in the platform and are developing activities linked or related to its strategies, campaigns and advocacies, especially in the framework of its 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.

In addition to consolidating support and coordinating activities on the main CPDE themes (Effective Development Cooperation and as well as other related agendas: Agenda 2030, Climate Finance, Enabling Environment, Istanbul Principles, and Post-Covid Recovery among others), this meeting was used to analyse, discuss and mobilise action related to the Effective Development Summit (High Level Meeting – HLM3) to be held in Switzerland in December 2022.

In terms of on-the-ground support, it has been of interest to promote case studies, research, forums and capacity building for political action (mobilisation and advocacy) that collectively or individually to expand or improve our actions aimed at regional or country institutions.

The face-to-face meeting was divided into two forums: a space for analysis, reflection and proposals for action to implement the 2022-2023 plan; and CPDE-LAC’s Regional Assembly to review, validate and formalise its various internal governance structures.

The following coordinators, members and focal points were present:

  • CPDE-LAC Coordination
    • Georgina Muñoz, Nicaragua (RENICC/LATINDADD)
    • Henry Morales, Guatemala (Tzuk Kim-pop)
      Malena Famá, Argentina (Red Encuentro)
  • CPDE Steering Committee (SC)
    • Marita González, Argentina (Plataforma PAMPA 2030 and SC Co-chair)
  • CPDE-LAC sub-regional coordination
    • Laura Becerra, Mexico (DECA Equipo Pueblo) – Mexico and Central America representative
  • CPDE Global Secretariat
    • Josefina Villegas, Policy and Membership Coordinator
  • Sectoral and regional members/focal points
    • Angie Pino, Colombia (Actoría Social Juvenil, Youth Sector)
    • Ricardo Jiménez, Peru (Forum Solidaridad – Rural Sector – Food Sovereignty)
    • Rodrigo Machado, Brazil (PCFS – Rural Sector – Food Sovereignty)
    • Tania Sánchez, Bolivia (Coordinadora de la Mujer – Feminist Sector)
    • José Ramón Ávila, Honduras (ASONOG)
    • Heriberto Martín, Guatemala (Congcoop)
    • Rubén Quintanilla, El Salvador (Funsalprodese)
    • Mónica Centrón, Paraguay (Pojoaju)
    • Cristina Prego, Uruguay (Anong)
    • Jared Ortíz, Dominican Republic (Partnership NGO)
    • Pedro Paulo Bocca, Brazil (ABONG)
    • César Artiga, El Salvador (Asociación Generaciones de Paz, Sector Agenda Climática)
    • Georfra Moreno, Nicaragua (RENICC)

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