Environmental sustainability within the new development agenda: opportunities and challenges for the civil society | Projects

Overview
July 2008
Status: 
Complete
Leaders: 
Neil Bird
Team: 

The purpose of this study is to identify the tools that environmental civil society organisations can deploy and the policy positions they can promote in the post-Paris development agenda to ensure that long-term environmental impacts in developing countries benefit both poor people and the environment.   This purpose will be met through addressing the following questions:

  • What opportunities and challenges does the Paris Declaration represent for national environmental sustainability?
  • How can civil society organisations influence the Paris Declaration processes in order to strengthen national environmental governance and hold governments and donors to account?
  • What is the role of donors to support civil society in engaging in these processes, considering many civil society organisations lack capacity and resources?
  • What does southern civil society expect from donors in terms of alignment and harmonisation to ensure it delivers environmentally sustainable development?

Research will be carried out in the following countries: Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Pakistan.

Climate and Environment
Outputs

Environmental sustainability within the new development agenda: opportunities and challenges for civil society

Publication - June 2009
Neil Bird and Alice Caravani

The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness is having a major impact on the design and implementation of international development cooperation. A new relationship is slowly emerging between donor countries and aid-receiving countries that acknowledges the primacy of national ownership over the development process. Where do environmental issues fit into this new understanding? This is the question that this study explores.