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Civil Society and the New Aid Modalities: Addressing the challenges for Gender Equality, Democracy and Participation

Source: IGTN

This paper argues that there is a need to develop mechanisms to reduce the impact of any abrupt real or threatened changes in government spending on poor communities. If governments fail to meet conditionality conditions or when there are conflicts and contradictions between modalities, there needs to be safeguard mechanism to protect against the outcomes of any such occurrence. Templates of such mechanisms exist, for different purposes, in the form of, for example, the common basket funding and other types of pooled funds. Why not a community risk mitigation and stability fund? This could potentially take the form of contingency financing or community trust funds financed through the same ODA processes.

Thus there is a need for civil society to actively engage this process on at least two broad fronts: 1) at the domestic and national political level and 2) at the external or international political level.

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