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Civil Society Assessment of the Nairobi Outcome Document
I. Introduction
The 2nd High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (HLM2) was an important moment to ensure that Aid and Development Effectiveness commitments are upheld and all stakeholders commit to being accountable. For CSOs it was important to have an honest conversation around how all stakeholders have delivered on their commitments to make development cooperation effective in reducing poverty and inequality despite the challenging landscape.

The moment was crucial as all development partners were expected to maximise commitments to contribute in delivering the ambitious 2030 Agenda. GPEDC, as a multi-stakeholder platform, should demonstrate good practice in delivering on commitments and producing results. The Busan Principles of democratic ownership, focus on results, inclusive development partnerships, and transparency and accountability should be the impetus for behavior change.

In the HLM2, the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) championed the universal application of effective development cooperation principles. Our call was for all parties committed to the Effective Development Co-operation principles to be accountable; to continue to work with civil society as equal partners and to commit to people and planet over profit.

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The GPEDC Second High Level Meeting, Nairobi, 2016: A Perspective
by Justin Kilcullen

It is now a month since the HLM2 in Nairobi concluded. Looking back, was it a success? Certainly as the HLM concluded the civil society delegates were delighted with the outcome. Here is how it happened. (Read more)

*This article was first published here.

Reaction to the article by Cornelius Hacking:

Thanks Justin, for this excellent analysis (well………..apart then from mentioning the Netherlands as a “culprit” for the engagement with the private sector). Without wanting to focus too much on this issue, it is recognized that governments nor civil society can do this alone, and that a positive engagement by the private sector is needed. But indeed many come in for the quick wins only (look at what is happening in the clothing industry for instance) and we, (donor) governments and CSOs, should work together to counter this, and focus on contributions by the private sector that do have elements for positive change, for the good of the people they are engaging with. There are many examples of where this works well, for instance where small producers are now part of a bigger market (national or international) and can now make an honest living, or cases where big brands are called to task concerning their investments, or just have a look at the role that unions have played over the many years. But it is a long way, I agree.
On the other hand, civil society sometimes brushes aside too easily the (changing) political realities that governments (including their civil servants like me) have to work in, both at the national and international levels. We may not always like these changes but they determine what we do; so there I also see a task for civil society because they are the ones that can mobilize citizens around issues bringing about change, or around elections.
So let’s move forward together..!

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Report on the participation at the Second High Level Meeting of
the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) in Nairobi, Kenya

1. Introduction and participation at sessions
I attended the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the GPEDC in Kenya from 28th of November to 1st of December 2016. The Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) was recognized by Fond-Romania as very active on issues related to enabling environment for CSOs and development effectiveness, and was invited to participate in the discussions at the HLM2, network and engage with organisations all over the world on these issues. Particularly important is that the Balkan region was recognized as a region with separate challenges than the Black Sea thus the need for own representative at the CPDE. After the internal call for representative amongst the members launched by BCSDN, as a representative from MCIC, I applied for participation and was awarded full funding, thus representing the Balkans in the delegation of the European Region within CPDE…

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Workshop Summary
Monitoring Effective Development Co-operation:
What have we achieved? How can we do better?


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Civil Society and the HLM2: Looking Back

How prepared were we to participate in the GPEDC 2nd High Level Meeting (HLM2) in Nairobi? How was CPDE’s support to CSOs who participated in the HLM2? What were your individual achievements? What were CPDE’s achievements in the Nairobi events?


These are some of the questions we asked, looking back on what happened in Nairobi in November – December 2016. And you said…

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A Kenyan CSO Perspective: Gains from the Nairobi Outcome Document

Kenyan CSOs attended the official HLM2 days with a delegation of 120. Civil society representatives led and participated in the planning of all plenaries, as well as numerous amphitheaters and side-events. Some also spoke in panels and in interventions from the floor. CSO representatives raised their voices and chanted their messages in collective action and made formal submissions to all versions of the Nairobi Outcome Document. All this was done so that, with one united voice, the Kenyan CSO key asks were heard.

Kenyan Civil Society Organizations were calling for:

  1. The creation of a facilitative and conducive environment for the growth of CSOs in the country and for their operations…

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For partnerships that uphold national and food sovereignty, not foreign and corporate control
PCFS statement on Global Partnership’s HLM2
28 November 2016


In time for the second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Cooperation in Nairobi, Kenya, we at the the People’s Coalition for Food Sovereignty or PCFS prepared a research which we published with the title “Aiding Militarism and Neoliberal Subversion of Agriculture.”

The publication sought to showcase the role of international aid in situations of national conflict, particularly in relation to issues of militarism and food sovereignty. It contains four case studies from four global regions: Colombia from Latin America and the Caribbean, Ethiopia from East Africa, Pakistan from South Asia, and Palestine from Middle East and North Africa…

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Position of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean (CPDE-LAC): “Towards greater participation of CSOs for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean” Second High Level Meeting of GPEDC Nairobi-Kenya.

We, the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean, made up of NGO networks, social movements from various sectors: migrants, faith – based movements and feminist sector unions, youth, indigenous peoples and peasants attending the Second Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), present hereby our regional perspective and common position.
The regional CPDE group for Latin America and the Caribbean, subscribes to the global declaration of the Partnership (CPDE); For that reason, we will not repeat here the statements contained in that document.

Our Position

  1. We reaffirm our commitment to the process of democratic development of our Latin American peoples and redouble our efforts to work for a development model that promotes the “good life” at social, economic and political level. We pledge to contribute to the elimination of exclusion, poverty and discrimination…

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FROM THE PODIUM: Towards a Stronger and More Progressive Global Partnership
(Speech of CPDE Co-Chair Tetet Lauron at the HLM2 Opening Ceremony)

Your Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta, Honorable Ministers, distinguished guests,
I wish to thank the government of Kenya and the co-chairs of the Global Partnership for inviting me to speak at this opening session of the HLM2.

It is an important recognition that the civil society organisations globally that I represent are independent development actors in their own right. We are here to speak, to act, and to work with all of you for a more effective development cooperation.

Civil society organisations are here to speak. We are compelled to recall the long history of aid and development effectiveness commitments. Fifteen (15) years of hard work, promises, deeppolicy discussions and best practices that risk being forgotten in the face of new competing priorities.

Don’t get me wrong. Civil society supports the Sustainable Development Goals. But this should not come at the expense of the effective development cooperation agenda, which remains crucial to those furthest behind.

We will continue to uphold commitments made in Paris, Accra, Busan, Mexico – because we believe in mutual accountability. We know from experience at grassroots that mutual accountability does produce results when there is trust based on promises met.We are here to act.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the two Progress Reports of the Global Partnership, it is that we are moving forward too slowly. In some cases, we are stuck or even going backwards. Civil society organisations are determined to help move in the right direction.

By turning our Istanbul Principles on CSO Development Effectiveness into everyday action, we try to improve our intervention locally and globally to help deliver development results to the people who need them most.

Today, we recommit to walk the talk and hope that each Global Partnership member will do the same. We are here to collaborate. Delivering effective development cooperation in the context of Agenda 2030 will require everyone’s contribution – and we, civil society organisations cannot fulfill our full potentials to contribute if we are being silenced, harassed, or killed. We need you to help create an environment that allows all of us to operate safely and productively.

You may be thinking now: Here they go again. Civil society ranting time. What I am saying concerns all of us.

Only two years ago, many of us were at a big room like this for the 1st HLM of the Global Partnership. You may recall a brave social entrepreneur, Sabeen Mahmoud, who came to Mexico to share her experience as a social activist and start-up founder. Perhaps you even shook her hand.

Las year, Sabeen was shot dead while driving her car because of her human rights work. She was only 40. I would request us to take a few moments to remember Sabeen. When civil society is struck at its core by violence, repression and intolerance, the whole of society suffers. Sabeen used to say: “Fear is just a line in your head. You can choose which side of that line you want to be on.”

I hope we can forge a stronger Global Partnership at this High Level Meeting and choose to be together on the side of progress – for people, planet, prosperity, and for peace.

Thank you.