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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) hunger

  • 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

FAO hunger






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)




Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness in Agriculture and Rural Development

A summary of country consultations

Mushtaq Ahmed

Background Development

  • Consultations from Nov 2007 – Jan 2008

  • 13 countries, 600 participants

    • 250 CSOs

    • 50 government ministries

    • 30 donor organizations

  • Three outcomes

Findings Development

  • 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

Findings Development

  • 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) Development

  • 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 Development

  • 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 Development

  • 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) Development

  • 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 Development

  • 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