Ownership and Partnership: What Role for Civil Society in Poverty Reduction Strategies?

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Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2003 - Business & Economics - 101 pages
Partnership Forums are the means by which the OECD Development Assistance Committee provides a venue for non-governmental actors to express their points of view and to offer their own contributions to development policy and strategy. In December 2000, the DAC and the Development Centre held a Forum on ways of integrating civil society into policy formation in developing countries, and to identify obstacles to such involvement. Participants agreed that civil society's role in poverty-reduction strategies had been an important element in succesful implementation. This book contains 8 papers presented at the Forum, covering experience in a variety of countries with a variety of stakeholders. The wide-ranging discussion concluded that civil-society participation in policy making not only enhances efficiency in implementation, but also contributes to the creation of more pluralistic and democratic political systems.

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Ian Smillie has lived and worked in Africa and Asia. He t

Ian Smillie has lived and worked in Africa and Asia. He taught high school in Koidu, the centre of Sierra Leone's diaaught high school in Koidu, the centre of Sierra Leone's diamond area, in the late 1960s. He was a founder of the Canadimond area, in the late 1960s. He was a founder of the Canadian development organization, Inter Pares, and was Executive an development organization, Inter Pares, and was Executive Director of CUSO, then Canada's largest NGO. He has worked aDirector of CUSO, then Canada's largest NGO. He has worked as a development consultant for many years and is the author s a development consultant for many years and is the author of several books on development themes, including 'The Chariof several books on development themes, including 'The Charity of Nations: Humanitarian Action in a Calculating World' (ty of Nations: Humanitarian Action in a Calculating World' (with Larry Minear, 2004) and 'Freedom from Want' (2009).

During 2000 he served on a UN Security Council Panel invesP>During 2000 he served on a UN Security Council Panel investigating the links between illicit weapons and the diamond ttigating the links between illicit weapons and the diamond trade in Sierra Leone. Until July 2009 he served as Research rade in Sierra Leone. Until July 2009 he served as Research Coordinator on Partnership Africa Canada's 'Diamonds and HumCoordinator on Partnership Africa Canada's 'Diamonds and Human Security Project' and he currently chairs the Board of than Security Project' and he currently chairs the Board of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI). He has written extene Diamond Development Initiative (DDI). He has written extensively on diamonds, including an entry for the 'Oxford Encycsively on diamonds, including an entry for the 'Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Modern World' and a chapter in the Praeger 'lopaedia of the Modern World' and a chapter in the Praeger 'Encyclopaedia on Globalization and Human Security' . In 2008Encyclopaedia on Globalization and Human Security' . In 2008 he was the first witness at the war crime trial of Charles he was the first witness at the war crime trial of Charles Taylor in The Hague. He was a leading NGO participant in theTaylor in The Hague. He was a leading NGO participant in the Kimberley Process from its inception until he resigned in 2 Kimberley Process from its inception until he resigned in 2009. Ian Smillie was appointed to the Order of Canada in 200009. Ian Smillie was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003. 3.

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