In 2011, the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan (HLF 4) broadened discussions around aid and development effectiveness and significantly enhanced the role of civil society in this context. The present report takes into account the various contexts in which CSOs operate with regard to both Germany’s external development cooperation work and to the enabling environment for civil society domestically. Moreover, it gives an overview on the approaches of German CSOs with regard to promoting their own CSO development effectiveness.
The report shows that, while departing from a good starting position, there is considerable room for improvement for Germany’s contributions to development effectiveness. This is true not only on the part of the German government, which needs to better comply with its international commitments on development quantity and quality, but also for German CSOs. Civil society organisations in Germany operate with considerable freedom both with regard to their policy engagement and funding mechanisms. Yet, within the area of co-financing, government policies have increasingly restricted the independence of CSOs and challenged their capacity to contribute to development effectiveness.
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