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Development Effectiveness & the Role of CSOs

How CSOs shape the development effectiveness agenda and act as watchdogs and implementors of development effectiveness principles.


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As a result of numerous changes in the world the development community is no longer talking about aid effectiveness, but about development effectiveness.

The key role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in addressing this paradigm shift, to which they also contributed, is to focus on poverty reduction and factors affecting development such as human rights, participatory democracy, social and environmental justice, sustainability and gender equality. CSOs engage in development effectiveness in many important ways. Firstly, CSOs monitor the actions of donors and other actors in development and play the ‘watchdog’ role. Secondly, they shape the global agenda of development effectiveness by participating in multi-stakeholder discussions. Thirdly, CSOs make sure their actions reflect the internationally agreed principles of development effectiveness. This policy digest will look more closely how CSOs can act in these roles in order to enhance development effectiveness.


Written by Marton Leiszen (HAND), Reka Balogh (HAND), Marie Zázvorková (FoRS) and Mirjam Sutrop (TRIALOG).

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