Participants from the national consultation in the Union of the Comoros
(16-17/03) included representatives from government, civil society
and the international community.
29 April 2011 - National consultations have been held in all 13 countries and territories* participating in the 2011 integrated monitoring surveys for the Paris Declaration and the Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States and Situations. The consultations were all organised by host governments with support from UNDP and other international actors. They brought together national and international stakeholders to reflect on ways to enhance international engagement in these countries.
In many countries, these consultations have come at a critical juncture, be it for state-society relations or for relations with the international community. Said Prime Minister Jean-Max BELLERIVE of Haiti during the national consultation in Port-au-Prince on 12 April, “In the current Haitian context, the dynamics of external co-operation have been weakened along with the credibility of the aid effectiveness agenda. This national consultation is the best time to redefine our engagement with the international community and to examine our partnerships.”
Now that the consultations are over, the 13 country chapters are being drafted. They will essentially draw from discussions between local and international stakeholders at the national consultations, as well as from the questionnaires received from both donors and national governments. To date, the evidence collected, in addition to discussions held in-country, suggest that the issues of accountability and the predictability of aid are among those receiving growing attention in these countries.
A global report will be published in September, and will contain conclusions emerging from all 13 countries, including an appraisal of how the situation has changed since the first joint survey was conducted in some of the countries in 2009. The report will be an important contribution to discussions at the HLF-4 in Busan.
*Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Southern Sudan, Timor-Leste and Togo. All countries are participating in both surveys, except Somalia, which is only participating in the Fragile States Principles Survey.