CSOs challenge all stakeholders: ‘the Mexican High-Level Meeting does not go far enough for the people’

MEXICO CITY, April 16— Over 200 civil society organisations (CSOs) participating at the first High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) challenged all stakeholders to make stronger commitments.

Two years following the Busan High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), the Global Monitoring Report showed that progress has been slow and unsatisfactory. The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) recognises that the HLM provides a space for multi-stakeholder dialogue on key topics such as inclusive development and poverty eradication, domestic resource mobilisation, South-South cooperation and inclusive partnerships.

The HLM communiqué is an outcome of collaborative efforts among Partnership stakeholders. But it does not bring us closer to the goals of development effectiveness. CSOs have pushed for stronger commitments and objected to several points during consultations.

CPDE co-chair and International Director of IBON, based in the Philippines, Antonio Tujan Jr said: “We welcome the commitments on inclusive development, untying aid, democratic country ownership, enhanced taxation and use of country systems, gender equality and women’s empowerment and most importantly the support for CSOs as independent development actors – but they are not new. The failure to commit to other issues leaves us deeply concerned.”

CSOs urged governments to guarantee mechanisms for enabling environment for civil society space. Human rights-based approaches also need to be agreed and implemented by all stakeholders. Yet, no concrete commitments have been made. This is in sharp contrast to the unbalanced promotion of the private sector, such as PPPs, and the lack of commitments on its accountability and transparency to the people.

Just a year away from the launch of the new Development Goals, the Global Partnership proclaims to deliver the “how” of the post-2015 process. However, the GPEDC does not propose a concrete roadmap underpinning such an ambitious goal.

“There should be a clear commitment to policy coherence between the Partnership and the ongoing UN processes on climate and development goals that fulfill human rights and gender equality principles and standards,” said Patricia Akakpo of the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana, and one of the CPDE Co-Chairs.

CPDE will continue to advocate for inclusive development in the post-2015 agenda.