Nearly 50 delegates from across the globe gathered in Paris last week for three intense days of meetings focusing on the future of development aid.
CSOs from the global south were well represented with participants from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Latin America, as well as groups working on women’s rights, indigenous and landless peoples’ rights, health, trade unions and migrants.
By the end of day one - the General Assembly of Reality of Aid - there was general agreement that the next report - due out in October 2018 - should focus on redefining aid and the changing nature of ODA.
Then it was on to the two-day CSO strategy meeting on engagement with the DAC, and the launch of the DAC CSO Reference Group, A broad network (or coalition) of CSOs from both the global South and North, which will facilitate CSO engagement with the DAC. Kudos to the DAC who willingly entered the lion’s den, with DAC Chair Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, DCD Director Jorge Moreira da Silva and no less than six DAC delegates (UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, US and Netherlands) engaging in “full and frank discussions” under Chatham House Rules. More details and next steps will be circulated shortly.