Global CSO platform CPDE holds study conference on development cooperation in contexts of conflict
The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, a global civil society platform, organised a study conference titled "Unpacking the 'triple nexus': Effective development cooperation in contexts of conflict and fragility" in Amman, Jordan.
Titled "Unpacking the 'triple nexus': Effective development cooperation in contexts of conflict and fragility", the event aimed to look at the relationship between humanitarian aid, structural development, and peace, and to develop the CPDE position based on the experiences of its constituencies from around the world and across various sectors.
CPDE Co-Chair Beverly Longid explains that the study conference is a good opportunity to learn how civil society organisations are responding to development effectiveness challenges in fragile contexts, such as the lack of trust between stakeholders, pervasive fragmentation, data gaps, and complexities around country ownership.
"We want to come up with nuanced approaches in pursuing effective development cooperation in conflict situations, and promote practices consistent with the principles of national ownership, mutual accountability, and coherence across humanitarian, development, and peace efforts," she added.
The program opens with an introduction to humanitarian aid and its position in the triple nexus, followed by panel discussions on humanitarian crisis in different global regions, the effects on different sectors, and a closing session on upholding effective development cooperation principles in conflict and fragile situations. Capping the event are the Expressions of Action from CPDE members, detailing their commitments to respond to the challenges to civil society posed by the triple nexus.
CPDE Working Group on Conflict and Fragility Co-Chair Razan Zuayter highlights the importance of civil society in promoting a human-rights-
She adds, "CSOs need to assert their inclusion in monitoring and evaluation of the adherence to development effectiveness principles, especially in situations of militarism and conflict. We need to form a strong and united front, and resist the global pattern of shrinking civic space."
The study conference takes place in the Middle East and North Africa, home to several fragile and conflict-affected states. Nine out of the 10 largest recipients of international humanitarian assistance in 2016 are in the region.
CPDE is an open platform that unites CSOs from around the world on the issue of effective development cooperation. It strives to make development more effective by reshaping the global aid architecture and empowering CSOs working on the ground. To know more, visit csopartnership.org.#
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