AGDEN in CSOs Partnerships Planning

On 25th and 26th July 2013, a meeting was held at the Sarova Panafric hotel in Nairobi, to discuss Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) partnerships. The meeting was attended by 40 women's organizations from Africa, the Pacific, South East Asia, Europe and Latin America.

“This was my first opportunity to participate in the AID/Development effectiveness processes.” says Nyambura Gathumbi of AGDEN. “I must say I found it deeply informative and engaging.”

The consultative meeting was organized by Women’s Groups in the Better Aid Coordinating Group (BACG), the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), the African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and Coordinadora de la Mujer/Bolivia.
It was hoped that the meeting would to contribute to the Global CSOs partnership and development effectiveness strategies. 
One of the objectives of these organizations and networks convening the meeting was to share the impact of women’s rights organizations.  The meeting aimed to bring together women activists to strategise on collective proposals and follow up on the successes of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. 
“I learnt a lot in the two days” says Nyambura, “through my interaction with the process and personalities from the global civil society organizations who have done a lot of work on this agenda.”
In the meeting, participants traced the history of the process which started in Rome in 2003 followed by the 2005 Paris meeting to discuss aid effectiveness, and subsequent meetings since. 
“Coming from AGDEN and having information that AGDEN had done some work on this agenda some years ago, it is clear that AGDEN has missed numerous opportunities to continue engagement in the process and also become a recognized actor in the same.” Nyambura said in a report. 
From the meeting date in July to October this year, there are scheduled consultations that will lead to the signing and implementation of a plan and eventual establishment of a CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) governance body.
“Hopefully, the two days will reopen the chance once again for AGDEN to become an active player in this important process”


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