Busan needs leadership on civil society space

21/11/2011 at 10:56 pm Leave a comment

Ireland can, and must, play a leading role in next week’s “Development Effectiveness” Summit in Busan. (see also this blog post)

In Accra, it was on (among others) Irish insistence that the international donor community formally recognised the important role of civil society organisations in Development processes. And Irish Aid has a very strong policy on why it supports NGOs and civil society organisations (available here).

That policy states clearly:

“In order for civil society to grow and strengthen, it must operate in an enabling environment. Governments have a key responsibility for creating the conditions that enable civil society to grow and flourish. This includes respect for the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and the right to freedom of expression. In addition, the State can create positive conditions through legislation and regulation that support the role of civil society and encourage citizens’ participation.”

The key challenge for the the upcoming Busan summit is whether it can address the issue of civil society space. At Busan, Ireland has a chance to show leadership, and why it attaches such great value to the role of civil society.

See also:

“Making Aid effective means protecting civil society”

Dóchas on Development Effectiveness

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