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Reforming Aid Systems for Fragile States: Reflections from Civil Society Happy Hour Reception
2019 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20006
Happy Hour Reception and Presentation
Thursday, February 12th, 2015 6:00pm – 7:30pm
2019 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006
Drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served
6:00pm – Reception
6:30pm – Remarks
7:00pm – Networking
In 2011 donor and host nations resolved to improve the effectiveness of development aid in conflict-affected countries by endorsing the New Deal for Effectiveness in Fragile States. The New Deal calls for extensive reforms of international aid systems to improve principles such as transparency and country ownership, and for investments in the unique needs of fragile states such as human security, inclusive politics, and access to justice.
Over the past three years, civil society actors in New Deal pilot countries have been engaging their governments to ensure the success and inclusiveness of the reform process. While the New Deal called for jointly designed development indicators, more must be measured about how well civil society is integrated into the implementation process.
We invite you to join civil society leaders from South Sudan, Liberia, and Togo as they share brief reflections on the successes and failures of New Deal implementation from a Learning perspective. They will address your questions along with their own:
- Which strategies have worked well to engage governments, and which have not?
- Can the Ebola crisis response and recovery be understood through a New Deal lens?
- Are there ways to further catalyse strong citizen participation in West Africa?
- Do women have ownership of the implementation process, and does it reflect gender dimensions appropriately?
Reverend Tolbert Jallah
Secretary General, Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa; Togo
Ms. Rita Martin Lopidia Abraham
Director, EVE Organization for Women Development; South Sudan
Mr. Lancedell Mattews
Executive Director, New African Research and Development Agency; Liberia
Melanie Greenberg, President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding
Melanie Kawano-Chiu, Director of Learning and Evaluation, Alliance for Peacebuilding
Peter van Sluijs, Head of Secretariat, Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding & Statebuilding
The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is an innovative global member association of nearly 100 peacebuilding organizations, 1,000 professionals, and a network of more than 15,000 people developing processes for change in the most complex, chaotic conflict environments in the US and around the world.
The Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) is a South-North non-governmental coalition of peacebuilding organizations that coordinates and supports civil society participation in the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS).
The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) is a partnership of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, CDA Collaborative Learning, Mercy Corps, and Search for Common Ground that aims to enable methodological rigor, shared learning and transparency, and evidence-based policy in peacebuilding evaluation.
The Conflict and Fragility Working Group (CFWG) is a coalition of InterAction and Alliance for Peacebuilding member organizations with a program or policy focus on fragile states. The CFWG provides a platform for analysis of peacebuilding, development, governance, and rights-related themes in conflict-affected contexts, and facilitates ongoing dialogue with U.S. agencies focused on development aid effectiveness in settings of fragility.
This event is made possible by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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