Source: CIDSE Advocacy Newsletter 39, June 2008
Overall, CIDSE fears that the AAA would suffer for having too narrow an approach unless it systematically addresses the link between human rights, gender equality, environmental sustainability and social inclusion and the Paris Declaration’s commitments and indicators. Another important omission of the AAA so far is that it fails to recognise the role of civil society as an essential development actor. This
should be rectified and an explicit acceptance that diversity and independences is part of civil society’s strength should be included in the AAA.
CIDSE also recommends that donors commit to operating in the context of a broader definition of ownership as needing to be democratic and involving all relevant actors in policy dialogues to increase accountability, in the AAA. A related commitment that donors would need to make in this regard is to achieve the highest standards of predictability and transparency of their development cooperation. Important issues that so far are insufficiently or not at all addressed, including targets to end tied aid, harmful donor imposed economic policy conditions and demand driven technical assistance should be adequately addressed.
Finally, convinced that the existing aid architecture cannot serve the objectives of impartial and non-arbitrary monitoring of commitments, CIDSE believes that the AAA should acknowledge the need for an independent institution to monitor both donor and partner countries progress against commitments made.
Various member organisations from the CIDSE networks have called upon their governments to take account of our recommendations in negotiating the final AAA. A policy paper “CIDSE Views on the Paris Declaration and Recommendations for Positive Changes in Accra” dated May 2008, briefly explains our position on the Paris Declaration and substantiates our recommendations. This paper, in combination with supporting a collective civil society lobby document and efforts led by the International CSO Steering Group to coordinate the CSO Parallel Process to the Ghana High-Level Forum is the basis of CIDSE’s lobby work for Accra.
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