In 2010, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development convened an Informal Group on the Private Sector and Aid Effectiveness to better understand the role of aid as a catalyst in supporting effective private sector contribution to development. The Building Block (BB) on the Private Sector and the Thematic Session (TS) on Public-Private Cooperation at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) that took place in Busan, South Korea on November - December 2011, are products of this Informal Group.
In addition to the Civil society statement to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), resulting from the Busan Global Civil Society Forum preceding the HLF4, civil society added some further points as an annex. See the points below:
BUSAN GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM’S MESSAGES ON THE PERTINENT ISSUES OF THE BUSAN PARTNERSHIP FOR DEVELOPMENT EFFECTIVENESS:
Further to the Civil Society Statement on the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, we envision that:
8. Democratic Ownership
The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) has come to a close, and the 18 sherpas elected to represent a wide group of stakeholders, including civil society, reached an agreement on the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
Women's groups of the BetterAid platform meeting at the Busan Global Civil Society Forum finalised their position towards the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectivness.
The statement calls on all governments and other development actors involved in the HLF-4 to consider the following imperatives:
“Better Aid and Development Effectiveness for the World We Want”
CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT
TO THE FOURTH HIGH LEVEL FORUM ON AID EFFECTIVENESS
28 NOVEMBER, 2011
BUSAN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Aid for trade has become somewhat like a ‘magic wand’ for the World Trade Organization (WTO) to make good on its commitment to the stalled ‘Development Round’ of trade negotiations since Doha in 2001. The Aid for Trade (AfT) framework was formally adopted at the 2005 WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong aiming at “assisting developing countries to increase exports of goods and services, to integrate in the multilateral trading system, and to benefit from the liberalized trade and increased market access”.
Urgent action needs to be taken to respond to the impacts and causes of climate change. Globally, academics, civil society organizations (CSOs) and politicians agree widely that governments must act to ensure and assist climate change mitigation and adaptation actions. Public climate finance is needed to make this happen in effective, efficient and adequate ways in developing countries. Such financing, similar to development finance, contains the basic objective of transferring large quantities of financial resources across international borders.
The discussion on the private sector engagement in and for development is by itself very complex given the multitude of actors and interest that are at stake. The current interest in private sector engagement recognises the potential contribution of the private sector but should be part of a much larger approach that addresses development effectiveness as the overall objective for our development efforts.
This statement proposes a number of steps to improve the effectiveness of aid in contexts of conflict and fragility. It is primarily focused on the statement that will be adopted at the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in December 2011, but it is recognised throughout that this issue is relevant above and beyond Busan and will remain a pressing issue for the development community in the coming years.
BetterAid women's organizations drafted a response to the Busan Joint Action Plan on Gender Equality and Development.