un Espace de la Société Civile sur l’Efficacité de l’Aide et du Développement a été mis en place

Congolese CSOs formulated a CSO Plan revolving mainly on strengthening the thematic groups in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and establishing an Open Platform for CSOs, creating spaces for CSOs, popularizing aid and development effectiveness, resource mobilization, and involvement of other stakeholders particularly the media and private sector. Moreover, 41 of the CSO representatives present signed on the CSO Key Asks. As an adaptation of the CSO Key Asks, the CSOs formulated a Declaration, – “CEPAS Kinsasha on Aid and Development Effectiveness” which is being finalized to include comments from the meeting.

The two-day meeting called Rencontre Sur L’Efficacite De L’aide et du Developpement were conducted in Kinshasa from June 23rd – 24th. Jointly organized by Réseau Pour la Promotion de la Démocratie et des Droits Economiques et Sociaux (PRODDES) in cooperation with the Reality of Aid  Country Outreach Program and IBON International, the purpose of the event was to facilitate the national process towards a more effective implementation of the PD and Accra commitments, and forging a united agenda towards the HLF 4 in Busan and beyond. Present on the event were representatives from CSOs, government and the Belgian embassy.

In 2008, CSOs in DRC participated in the HLF in Accra resulting to the formation of 20 thematic CSO groups, which was coordinated by Committee de Suivi du Symposium de la Societé Civile (CSSSC). However, constraints led to problems in coordination and implementation of activities pushing for aid and development effectiveness. Leaders of CSSSC were present in the workshop and acted as moderators.

Meanwhile, representative from the Belgian embassy acknowledged that Belgium has not been able to meet its 0.7% aid allocation, and will have difficulty meeting this objective, since Europe is in crisis and Belgium is looking for financial resources to cover gaps in its own country. It was however mentioned that in case DRC does not hold its side of the agreement, Belgium will stop its assistance and perform an evaluation.

Government representatives, on the other hand, emphasized government efforts to implement the PD and AAA, most noteworthy of which was their participation in the 3 PD surveys (2006, 2008, 2011) and the drafting of DSCRP2, the DRC version of PRSP .There were also efforts to include CSOs in the process, particularly in the consultations but there were questions regarding selection of CSOs and their level of participation.

The 2-day consultation was an effort to unite the agenda of the key stakeholders towards HLF 4 and beyond, taking into consideration the results of the recent PD survey, the efforts of CSOs in participating in the Busan HLF and the donor initiatives based on the country priorities.

Congolese CSOs formulated a CSO Plan revolving mainly on strengthening the thematic groups in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and establishing an Open Platform for CSOs, creating spaces for CSOs, popularizing aid and development effectiveness, resource mobilization, and involvement of other stakeholders particularly the media and private sector. Moreover, 41 of the CSO representatives present signed on the CSO Key Asks. As an adaptation of the CSO Key Asks, the CSOs formulated a Declaration, – “CEPAS Kinsasha on Aid and Development Effectiveness” which is being finalized to include comments from the meeting.

The two-day meeting called Rencontre Sur L’Efficacite De L’aide et du Developpement were conducted in Kinshasa from June 23rd – 24th. Jointly organized by Réseau Pour la Promotion de la Démocratie et des Droits Economiques et Sociaux (PRODDES) in cooperation with the Reality of Aid Country Outreach Program and IBON International, the purpose of the event was to facilitate the national process towards a more effective implementation of the PD and Accra commitments, and forging a united agenda towards the HLF 4 in Busan and beyond. Present on the event were representatives from CSOs, government and the Belgian embassy.

In 2008, CSOs in DRC participated in the HLF in Accra resulting to the formation of 20 thematic CSO groups, which was coordinated by Committee de Suivi du Symposium de la Societé Civile (CSSSC). However, constraints led to problems in coordination and implementation of activities pushing for aid and development effectiveness. Leaders of CSSSC were present in the workshop and acted as moderators.

Meanwhile, representative from the Belgian embassy acknowledged that Belgium has not been able to meet its 0.7% aid allocation, and will have difficulty meeting this objective, since Europe is in crisis and Belgium is looking for financial resources to cover gaps in its own country. It was however mentioned that in case DRC does not hold its side of the agreement, Belgium will stop its assistance and perform an evaluation.

Government representatives, on the other hand, emphasized government efforts to implement the PD and AAA, most noteworthy of which was their participation in the 3 PD surveys (2006, 2008, 2011) and the drafting of DSCRP2, the DRC version of PRSP .There were also efforts to include CSOs in the process, particularly in the consultations but there were questions regarding selection of CSOs and their level of participation.

The 2-day consultation was an effort to unite the agenda of the key stakeholders towards HLF 4 and beyond, taking into consideration the results of the recent PD survey, the efforts of CSOs in participating in the Busan HLF and the donor initiatives based on the country priorities.

The CEPHAS-Kinshasa Declaration is currently only available in French. To read it in full, click here.