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Title: Opportunities for civil society to promote good governance through international cooperation

Opportunities for civil society to promote good
governance through international cooperation
  1. An exploratory workshop building on
    participants knowledge, work situations and
  2. Recalling shared understanding feedback on TIs
  3. Current aid framework - hurdles to implementation
  4. Civil society role in the current aid framework
  5. Civil society part of the problem ? A new way
    of functioning required
  6. Advocacy opportunities for European civil society
  7. Advocacy opportunities for partner civil society
  8. Discussion

Knowledge, opportunities expectations
  • Previous exposure and experience of reaching or
    not reaching the poor
  • Where opportunities / constraints to prevent
    corruption are perceived
  • What do we expect to leave with practicable
  • Collective advocacy, internal change?

Shared understandingfeedback on TIs paper
  • Public accountability is key to preventing
  • Aid has broken the domestic accountability chain
    perpetuating poverty in rich developing
  • Mutual accountability a new conditionality on
    aid requiring donor and recipient governments to
    ensure accountability to their citizens i.e.
  • Aid must support institutions of domestic
  • Aid must support the poor in demanding

New aid framework
  • Increasing policy and budget based support
  • Budget support to strengthen domestic
    accountability - a way forward ?
  • Budget support an opportunity for civil society
    to strengthen democratic accountability

Hurdles to implementation
  • No incentive for donor and recipient
    administrations to ensure accountability
  • Downward accountability to beneficiaries is
    political, requires support to democratic
    processes challenges state capture
  • Civil society is used as substitute for
    accountability to beneficiaries
  • Beneficiaries taxpayers not aware of rights,
    poorly informed, with no incentive to participate

Civil society role in current framework
  • Aid framework focuses on accountability to
    citizens and parliaments and multi-stakeholder
  • UNCAC ensuring inclusive, informed and
    empowered participation in domestic
    decision-making (Article 13)
  • Paris Declaration ownership through
    accountability to citizens and parliaments
    (Article 3) and multistakeholder processes
    (Article 1448)

Civil society part of the problem ?
  • Vested interests of donors, recipients, civil
    society to continue transfers from European
    taxpayers to the poor
  • Vested interests to continue to supply public
    services particularly of civil society in
    partner countries
  • Vested interests to represent beneficiaries and
    demand funds to ensure their representation

Challenge to function differently
  • From providing financial resources to providing
    information and demanding democratic
  • In donor countries
  • Ensure accountability to taxpayers on donor
  • In recipient countries
  • Track and support domestic accountability to

European civil society donors
  • What can be done immediately
  • Demand space in donor coordination forums and
    processes to track commitments on domestic
    accountability (UNCAC, MDG, Paris Decl, WB GAC,
    CAS, EU CSP etc.)
  • Create space for partner civil society in donor
    supported processes in partner countries (donor
    forums, CAS, DBS, SwAPs etc.)

  • Hold national and European parliamentarians to
    account on oversight (Bilateral, EU, WB funding)
  • Support parliamentary oversight of EU financing
    (ALA committees), WB progrs.
  • Key indicators
  • Disbursement links to informed,
    institutionalised, entitlement based
    participiation, resource mobilisation, field
    staff positions cross donor forums MoUs, DIPs

Advocacy messages to taxpayers
  • Emphasize linkages e.g. ENP links corruption,
    poverty, migration
  • OECD Convention - Taxpayers must hold companies
    to account that bribe governments and impoverish
    local populations and cause distress migration
  • Sharing necessary both across the globe and
    within countries

New role of partner civil society
  • Support beneficiaries to
  • participate in political and administrative
    decision-making forums
  • make informed choices of beneficial policy option
  • demand accountability on services and resources
  • voice concerns on the effectiveness of downward
    accountability measures
  • exercise entitlement rights (EITI)

  • Build coalitions with parliamentarians and media
    to strengthen democratic accountability
  • Enter decision-making forums on national
    development strategies and sector policies
  • Enter decision-making forums on donor CAS and
    programme formulations
  • Focus on sectors, decentralisation etc. relevant
    to the poor and having a broader appeal

Advocacy messages
  1. Rights and entitlements of citizens to national
  2. Transparency of - and public participation in -
    decision-making processes
  3. Tracking conversion of inclusive growth promises
    through the policy, budget and implementation

  • Immediate opportunities
  • Civil society should demand a place at the table
    of donor coordination (Paris Decl.)
  • Join other CSOs, Civicus, Action Aid, TI advocacy
    effort in tracking implementation for Accra 2008
  • Occupy existing spaces of the WB, EBRD, EBI,
    ADBs, all bilateral aid agencies, the OECD
  • Other ideas?

EU opportunities
  • Deriving from the UNCAC Paris Declaration and
    OECD DAC work, Country Strategy Paper, Sector
    Budget Guidelines, civil society and
    beneficiaries are repeatedly mentioned as key
    stakeholders, whose participation is nessary both
    for sustainable development and to prevent
  • In none of the above does European civil society
    participate to protect both tax-payers interest
    (upward accountability) or beneficiary interests
    (downward accountability)
  • Forums in which civil society could ensure their
    role through member countries that are on the
    ALA committees (EDF), Quality Support Groups,
    current consultation on access to documents
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