This submission represents the views of a group of 27 civil society organisations (CSOs) from the global south and the global north. The submission was coordinated by the DAC-CSO Reference Group - an open platform that aims at facilitating CSO engagement with the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC). We represent diverse constituencies and areas of expertise - including grassroots activists from the global south; southern-led global networks; national CSO platforms from DAC member countries; and international NGOs - but we have a common commitment to see that the work of the DAC delivers a poverty-free, more equal world.
We warmly welcome the new DAC Chair to her inaugural Senior Level Meeting (SLM). We hope the meeting will establish positive precedents for the next chapter of the DAC’s crucial work - precedents of strong collective decision making; of putting people in poverty ahead of short-term political gain; and of openness to the perspectives of ODA recipients. The invitation of civil society observers - for the first time in the history of the SLM - sends an encouraging signal in this regard.
This document summarises our top-line messages, drawing on more detailed thematic analysis shared with the DAC over recent months.