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Civil Society’s Voice Gets Audience in Busan

Read the full post on the U.S. Department of State DipNote blog

As the civil society representative included on the U.S. delegation to the 4th High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, I had a unique vantage point of the proceedings. From my perspective as an NGO leader, the summit was possibly the most successful to date for a variety of reasons.

How aid is delivered is evolving and we are in the midst of a series of reforms which challenge all of us involved in development cooperation. Whether you are in a foundation, government or work for an NGO, the entire aid architecture is changing and the pressure is greater than ever to deliver results.

What made the summit in Busan unique was that it was to my knowledge the first ministerial-level forum in which civil society was seen as a real player in formulating development policy.

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