A week before the G20 Development Working Group meets, BetterAid calls on the group to advance concrete actions that promote development effectiveness. Such a response fits within the G20 multi-year action plan on development (Seoul, 2010) and broader government commitments that have been made on aid effectiveness (Paris, 2005; Accra, 2008).
Including concrete actions on aid and development effectiveness would underscore the importance of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) to be held in Busan, South Korea in November 2011.
Specifically, BetterAid calls for:
• the aid effectiveness agenda to be explicitly integrated within the nine outcome areas of the working group.
• the simplification and harmonisation of procurement rules and practices as part of advancing infrastructure projects in low-income countries (LICs).
• the pursuit of employment and livelihood- focused economic development strategies based on the recognition of social and economic rights, including social inclusion, protection and dialogue.
• the harmonisation of different policies when it comes to promoting a country’s development. Development aid should not be used as a tool to promote a free trade agenda. Moreover, development assistance should not be used to attach donor policy conditions.
• private sector involvement that is oriented toward development that promotes self-sustaining livelihoods.
• the promotion of a comprehensive set of policy reforms on food security that impact a country’s development.
• strengthening the implementation and monitoring of current gender equality and human rights obligations and commitments.
• knowledge sharing in south south cooperation that guards against the threat of creating or reinforcing existing country development dependencies
• clear steps to ensure the participation of the full diversity of CSOs as independent development actors in their own right.