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Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness - A Synthesis of Advisory Group Regional Consultations

By Brian Tomlinson

The Advisory Group on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness (AG) is coordinating a dialogue among civil society, donors and developing country governments in the lead-up to the September 2008 High Level Forum (HLF), which will review the implementation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.
Between August and November 2007, the AG conducted regional multi-stakeholder consultations to
improve understanding of three issues: 1) the roles of civil society organizations (CSOs) as development actors and as part of the international aid architecture; 2) the applicability and limitations of the Paris Declaration for issues of aid effectiveness of importance to CSOs, including their contribution to aid effectiveness; and 3) good practice related to civil society and aid effectiveness by CSOs, by donors and by developing country governments.
The AG is sponsoring a global multi-stakeholder International Forum in February 2008 to reflect upon civil society and aid effectiveness.
This Synthesis Paper is an AG background paper for the International Forum. It summarizes key issues and proposals arising from six regional consultations, as well as from related independent processes. Although the AG regional consultations largely reflected civil society perspectives, the Paper also draws on ideas from donors and to a lesser extent from governments of developing countries.

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