Civil Society Voices for the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness 2011

“What we want from Busan is ambition – to pass from the idea of aid effectiveness to development effectiveness”

“We don’t need more empty words on a sheet of paper”

Civil society voice a wish list for the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), in November and December this year in Busan, South Korea, in a new collective video just launched, giving access to Civil Society Organizations’ (CSOs) views from all over the world in the run up to the event. The video complements a paper laying out what civil society asks for as outcomes from the event.

“The level of poverty [in Africa] today is higher than the poverty levels we had in the 60s, 70s and 80s. At the same time the paradox is that we have aid flowing to Africa more than before.”

“Aid is like a band aid. ..This time we need to talk about the structural roots of poverty. If we do get to resolve these issues, then there’s no need for aid at all.”

“What we need is not a lot of money, but just how to use the little money to do the right things.”

HLF4 marks the first time that CSOs will participate as a full and equal stakeholder alongside governments and donors.

The video ‘Civil Society Voices on the Road to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness’ raises awareness on the meaning of development effectiveness and how this concept goes beyond just aid delivery and deals with the actual impact on the lives of all people. CSOs make clear that achieving human rights, women’ s rights, gender equality, decent work and environmental sustainability is the ultimate goal for development effectiveness and development cooperation, and that democratic ownership is key.

Donor government representatives join voices with CSOs in the 20-minute recording.

The document ‘CSOs on the Road to Busan: Key Messages and Proposals’ is a common political statement written by CSOs. It builds on their previous positions and demands on the aid effectiveness process and specifies the call to all development actors to fully evaluate and deepen the Paris and Accra commitment; Strengthen development effectiveness through practices based on human rights standards; Support CSOs as independent development actors in their own right and commit to an enabling environment for their work in all countries; and Promote equitable and just development cooperation architecture.