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5. November 2018 - 4:11
October 14, 2018 | Bali, Indonesia Whereas, South-South Cooperation, having arisen from the Global South’s search for alternatives to the paternalistic and unequal traditional North-South development aid and cooperation framework, poses opportunities and has raised high hopes for people from the South; Whereas, emerging in the 1950s in the context of the common struggle of former colonies for genuine independence and development, 29 countries from Asia and Africa met at the Bandung Conference in 1955 to promote economic and cultural cooperation between and within the two regions on the basis of mutual interest and respect for national sovereignty. The Bandung principles also emphasized respect for human rights, equality, non-interference, and international justice as the guiding principles and binding agreement of cooperation and partnership among third world countries in the South; Whereas, the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA) strengthened the Bandung agreement with additional emphasis on national and collective self-reliance, exchange and sharing of expertise and knowledge transfer, capacity development, economic independence as the foundation for a new economic order; Whereas, the Nairobi outcome document of the High Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation in 2009 made a compelling affirmation of the human rights and people-oriented principles including transparency and mutual accountability, environmental sustainability, horizontality, inclusivity and participation, non conditionality, and looking at results and impact; In fulfillment of our role as development actors in our own right, civil society organizations (CSOs) need to engage and contribute to the discourse and implementation of South-South Cooperation, to ensure that it does not replicate the flaws of traditional North-South aid and development cooperation, especially given that the 2030 Agenda requires reinvigorated cooperation of all development actors, and even more especially given that evidences gathered on practice do not live up to the above-stated principles on which it is anchored; Pursuing the idea of creating a CSO alliance during a roundtable at the Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo in Antalya in November 2017, wherein the UN Office on South-South Cooperation expressed its commitment to strengthen the role of CSOs/NGOs in SSC through the establishment of a CSO engagement mechanism; We hereby resolve to form the Southern CSO Alliance on South–South Cooperation as an independent group that brings together CSOs working on SSC and related issues. The aim is to facilitate and strengthen CSO involvement and participation in various SSC arenas and push for the upholding of the principle of horizontal development cooperation – including solidarity, mutuality, human rights, respect for sovereignty, and non-conditionality. In line with this, we unite to call on SSC actors to: Draft 1.) Adhere to international laws and standards on environment and human rights as these apply to programs and projects in partner countries consistent with Bandung; 2.) Strengthen democratic country ownership of SSC and institutionalize support for people-to-people cooperation so that recipient countries’ own needs and priorities drive the development partnership, and that these priorities and policies are rooted in the participation of, and accountability to stakeholders and citizens; and 3.) Establish formal mechanisms with financial resources for Southern CSO engagement on SSC where sustained dialogues between CSOs, stakeholders and duty-bearers can happen, bringing in issues and concerns of the people/affected communities on SSC. We are affixing the names of our organizations below with our corresponding signatures: 1. Reality of Aid Network – Global 2. Reality of Aid Asia Pacific 3. Reality of Aid - Africa 4. CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness 5. IBON International 6. Peoples’ Coalition on Food Sovereignty 7. Nash Vek Foundation – Kyrgyzstan 8. Indigenous Peoples’ Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation 9. Center for Environmental Concerns - Philippines 10. VIKALPANI – Sri Lanka 11. Green Movement of Sri Lanka 12. Institute for National and Democracy Studies - Indonesia 13. Instituto Politécnico Tomas Katari - Bolivia 14. Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research - Philippines 15. Center for Research Advocacy – Manipur 16. Resistance and Alternatives to Globalization – Indonesia 17. Forum of Women NGOs of Kyrgyzstan 18. ARCADE – Africa 19. MONLAR – Sri Lanka 20. Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment – Bangladesh 21. Borneo Dayak Forum 22. Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants
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Southern CSOs form alliance to advance people-oriented principles in SSC

2. November 2018 - 9:22
Bali, Indonesia – 22 organizations from Asia, Africa and Latin America, fresh off of a CSO planning meeting on the road to the 2nd High Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40 Conference)1, just launched the Southern CSO Alliance on South-South Cooperation. This is in light of the ambitious 2030 Agenda, which encourages development actors to step up their efforts to strengthen global partnership, including South-South Cooperation (SSC). The Alliance, spearheaded by The Reality of Aid Network and several members of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness Working Group on SSC, was formed alongside other newly outreached CSOs planning to engage in the discourse after discussing the importance of BAPA+40 and the need to advocate for people-oriented principles such as horizontality and human rights-based approaches to SSC implementation. The Alliance was formed in CSOs’ fulfillment of their role as independent development actors, recognizing the need to ensure that SSC does not replicate the flaws of traditional North-South aid and development cooperation especially given that evidence show how practice do not live up to the principles of solidarity and equality on which it is anchored. Its rallying calls are for SSC actors to (i) adhere to international laws and standards on environment and peoples’ rights as these apply to programs and projects in partner countries consistent with Bandung; (ii) strengthen democratic country ownership and accountability of SSC and institutionalize support for people-to-people cooperation so that recipient countries’ own needs and priorities drive the development partnership; and (iii) establish formal mechanisms with financial resources for Southern CSO engagement on SSC where sustained dialogues between CSOs, stakeholders and duty-bearers can happen. The Alliance is an independent CSO/NGO group created to facilitate and coordinate CSO/NGO involvement and participation in SSC conferences and events, sustain CSO dialogues, and spearhead activities to enable CSOs and NGOs to engage in SSC processes. It invites all Southern non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) in developmental, humanitarian, and environmental spheres working on issues related to SSC. The creation of the Alliance was forwarded during a roundtable at the Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo in Antalya in November 2017, wherein the UN Office on South-South Cooperation expressed its commitment to strengthen the role of CSOs/NGOs in SSC. The Alliance was formed on October 14, 2018 at Inna Bali Hotel, Bali, Indonesia with support from CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, and United Nations Development Programme Policy Centre.###   1 The BAPA+40 Conference will be held on March 19-22 in Argentina on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among developing countries (TCDC). It will review trends and lessons learned over the past four decades, with a view to implementing an inclusive strategy that effectively leverages South-South and triangular approaches to achieving sustainable development for all, leaving no one behind. News_CSO Alliance  Unity Statement
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Uphold Peoples’ Right to Development; Stop the suppression of voices against IMF-WB

12. Oktober 2018 - 8:26
The Reality of Aid – Asia Pacific expresses its grave disappointment over the Indonesian government’s repressive acts against the Peoples’ Global Conference Against IMF-WB (PGC). As a South-led network concerned with the proper use of development assistance and effective development cooperation, ROA-AP has resolved to strengthen its engagement with the IMF-World Bank to enable civil society organizations to raise their concerns and propose policy alternatives to the institution. Several of its members, who are also active in the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, are attending the official meetings but are aware of the very little opportunities for their critical concerns, much less for their recommendations to be acted upon. As one member, the Arab NGO Network for Development, said during their session at the Civil Society Policy Forum, they come to the Annual Meetings every year but their just demands fall on deaf ears. ROA-AP is co-organizing the PGC to allow its members to join hands with peoples’ movements in reclaiming their rightful space in the shaping of the development agenda, of their lives, and of the world’s future. For while the World Bank proclaims poverty alleviation as its mission, peoples and communities most affected by its policies and projects are clearly kept in the dark on its meeting agenda and excluded from its official processes, even as it keeps talking about inclusion. ROA-AP is keeping a close eye on the IMF-WB’s “Maximizing Finance for Development” approach, which essentially seeks to hasten the handing over of public resources to private sector, that is, big corporations’ hands for super profits, in the guise of “attracting private finances towards development projects”. The Indonesian government should understand that the people cannot simply leave the development discourse in the hands of IMF-WB and the likes. Even as ROA-AP’s members and allies are resolved in strengthening engagement with these international financial institutions, there is no illusion that change will come from such institutions. Hence, the need for democratically-initiated spaces such as the People’s Global Conference; to enable the oppressed and marginalized to reclaim their future, reclaim their rights, and fight corporate takeover of development. Critical as it may be, there is nothing terroristic about the Conference’s objectives. On the contrary, it is for advancing the interest of peoples and communities devastated by IMF-WB projects and policies. The Indonesian government should realize that its paranoia and subservience to IMF-WB is actually causing it to commit state terrorism – an undue response to people’s legitimate exercise of their right to expression and peaceful assembly, and right to development. ROA-AP, being based in the Philippines where state terror and impunity continues to escalate, calls on the Indonesian government to show that it welcomes critical voices as much as it welcomes the voices of institutions, mainly the IMF-WB, responsible for the people and the planet’s devastation.### Reference: Lyn Angelica Pano +639282137134
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