Tony Tujan answered some key questions on the sidelines of the third Global Partnership Steering Committee meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 25-26 July, 2013.
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Q: What are civil society’s priorities for the Global Partnership?
Civil society is quite hopeful on the progress since Busan and our constituencies are really raring to look at implementation, especially at country level.
Some countries have actually done a lot of work they have already actually conducted a lot of consultations and it has been good work. However we would really like to see it move at a far faster pace. We think it is too slow and we hope that things will pick up especially with the upcoming Ministerial.
Q: What does civil society want from the first Ministerial-level meeting?
Strengthen implementation. We think that is the most important thing.
We would also like to see a better assessment of results, and see where the bottlenecks are.
For us, there are important topics that we need to discuss also at the Ministerial we think that South-South co-operation is very important also the question of knowledge sharing is important. There is also the issue of domestic resource mobilization which we think is important for example the fact that many African and even other countries who are resource dependent should be able to use those resources through innovative taxation measures such as an export tax.
Of course, on the other hand, beyond the question of raising the dollars is the question of how to spend it. And this is where it is also important for Civil Society what are budgets how they are developed and how they are being properly spent.
Q: What is the single most important thing civil society expects from the Global Partnership?
Civil society, as well as other actors, need to be at the table since Busan that has been the “how” mark of this partnership; that everyone is together, they are on the same page and they are all recognized as important development actors.