The 2022 Effective Development Co-operation Summit is taking place at the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development this week in Geneva, bringing various global actors together to put a spotlight on how better cooperation strengthens trust and transforms the ways of joint actions. This event brings together the Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness – GPEDC stakeholders, amongst which BCSDN is the Secretariat for the Europe Region.
The Summit will be concluded on the 14th of December by ceremonious signing of the Summit Declaration which it preceded long, open, and participative process, including two presentations to the Steering Committee and two intensive months of work by a representative drafting group including the co-chairs.
BCSDN`s Executive Director, Ms. Biljana Spasovska, took part in the Spotlight Session titled “Effective Multilateral Support at Country Level”, focused on the principles of an effective multilateral support system. During the session, aimed to present key evidence on the expectations and added value of the multilateral system through the lens of the effectiveness principles, Ms. Spasovska shared the floor with Mr. Krishna Hari Pushkar – Finance Secretary in the Ministry of Finance in Nepal, Ms. Monica Asuna – Head of Development Effectiveness Secretariat from Kenya, Dr. Wayne Henry – Chairman and Director General of the Planning Institute from Jamaica, Ms. Dina Saleh, Regional Director of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), moderated by Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Development Coordination at the United Nations.
In her address, Ms. Spasovska discussed the CSOs’ position in development in the context of shrinking civic space and the role of multilateral to strengthen and accommodate the participation of CSOs in the development process in their countries. Ms. Spasovska painted the picture of the state of the CSO participation on paper versus the actual situation in the region, pinpointing the measures that need to be undertaken by multilateral stakeholders to improve the grounds for the action of the local actors. These include the involvement of local CSOs in data gathering on the ground, proper investments in the CSO capacities, inclusive in programming and joining forces with the local CSOs when addressing needs in front of local governments, etc.
You can access the video from Ms. Spasovska address within the panel HERE.