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Background paper for Civil Society FfD Group’s Strategic Planning Session


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Development effectiveness provides a comprehensive framework for sustainable action in the fight against poverty, climate change, inequality, and marginalisation. As such, it helps to advance the rights and welfare of people and communities sustainably and with optimum participation.

Towards achieving development effectiveness, better development cooperation remains crucial. Effective Development Cooperation (EDC) allows for a partnership that ensures ownership, accountability, and delivery of results to people, includes all the different sectors of society, and uses development cooperation policies and tools. This partnership is consistent with agreed international commitments on human rights, decent work, gender equality, environmental sustainability and disability.

In the overall process of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Financing for Development (FfD) commitments, the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) calls for the universal application of EDC in order to apply principles of democratic ownership, results-focus, inclusive partnerships, transparency, and accountability to all interventions. This corresponds to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda’s emphasis on the primary role of national policies and development strategies and on the need to maximise the impact of development cooperation through these principles.1 It means that all development cooperation actors must be held accountable that they accomplish their commitments, respect each country’s leadership and policy space, and sufficiently raise the bar to effect change.

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