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More effective donor cooperation to fight rural poverty and hunger

More effective donor cooperation to fight rural poverty and hunger

Canadian International Development Agency, Ottawa

February 3-6, 2008


The global donor platform on rural development gdprd

The Global Donor Platform on Rural Development (GDPRD)

  • Is a strategic alliance

  • Includes like-minded donors, development agencies and international finance institutions, all of which agreed to establish the Platform to increase aid effectiveness (AE) in agriculture and rural development (ARD) efforts.

  • Acts as a mechanism for greater development assistance impact through its three main pillars:

    • Advocacy and outreach

    • Knowledge and innovation

    • Aid effectiveness


More effective donor cooperation to fight rural poverty and hunger

FAO

BMZ

EC

CIDA

DFID

WB

Organization and Governance

29 members at present

(bi- and multilateral)

  • Board/Steering Committee

  • is the decision-making body (6 members)

  • The Platform Secretariat is hosted by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

DGDC

IA

UNODC


More effective donor cooperation to fight rural poverty and hunger

Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness in Agriculture and Rural Development

A summary of country consultations

Mushtaq Ahmed


Background

Background

  • Consultations from Nov 2007 – Jan 2008

  • 13 countries, 600 participants

    • 250 CSOs

    • 50 government ministries

    • 30 donor organizations

  • Three outcomes


Findings

Findings

  • Outcome 1: Recognition and voice

    • Need for greater recognition and voice for CSOs in ARD – special challenges of the sector

  • Outcome 2: Applying and enriching the AE agenda

    • Low awareness among CSOs about PD, AE

    • CSOs acknowledge need to strengthen AE

    • Limited capacity and challenges to overcome in the rural setting

    • Consultations did raise awareness


Findings1

Findings

  • Outcome 3: Improved understanding of good practice

    • Collaboration with community is strong but needs more inclusive consultation processes

    • Collaboration with other CSOs at times hindered by competition, poor leadership

    • Collaboration with governments requires clarification of roles and openness to dialogue collaborate


Findings cont d

Findings (cont’d)

  • Outcome 3 (cont’d)

    • North-South CSO collaboration needs more consultation and mutual appreciation of respective roles between partners

    • Relations with donors are mainly donor/recipient or CSOs are seen as implementing agencies; CSOs often more accountable to donors than to community; not enough engagement with smaller ARD CSOs


A focus on good practice

A focus on good practice

  • Policy dialogue: legal protection for Andean producers

  • Influence of national policies: free trade and food security in Peru

  • Exploiting market failures – Mozambique

  • Strategic network building – fish sanctuaries in Bangladesh

  • Innovative approaches – Egypt canal project


Recommendations some highlights

Recommendations: some highlights

  • Southern CSOs – should be consulted, strengthen networks and promote AE

  • Northern CSOs – should strengthen attitude of mutual respect, ensure full participation of community


Recommendations some highlights cont d

Recommendations: some highlights (cont’d)

  • Governments – should provide enabling environment

  • Donors – should involve CSOs in project/policy design, monitoring; support adequate voice for CSOs; provide flexible funding; promote participatory processes; support work of smaller local CSOs


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • CSOs play major role in AE in ARD:

    • Development agents/implementing agencies

    • Promoting member participation

    • Empowering specific social groups

    • Defining the rights of citizens

    • Monitoring the use of public resources

  • The nature of ARD in itself exacerbates the challenges faced by CSOs


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