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Democratic Ownership After Busan

Democratic Ownership After Busan. The Role of National Parliaments and Civil Society[1]

The panellists agreed that democratic ownership is crucial for the effectiveness of development measures.

A different view was presented by Anna Lekvall who pointed out that development aid has a limited impact on democratization (aid usually benefits regimes; the involvement of national parliaments, political parties and civil society organizations in decision-making and programming is often insufficient).

B. Amongi called for putting national systems to wider use and suggested that fund allocation decisions be transferred to the local level, as this should help enhance a community's expert capabilities.

R. Grynspan pointed out that parliaments of partner countries have often little say over how national budgets are constructed. She also emphasized that democratic ownership plays a major role when choosing the development path.

A. Tujan noted the progress that the Busan Forum has made on provisions concerning democratic ownership, but also described them as insufficient.

In Brian Atwood's view, the Busan Forum was successful. He also said that a new chapter in global development cooperation has been opened thanks to the involvement of BRICS countries and emerging economies. Still, much more must be done.


[1] Organizers: the European Parliament's Committee on Development (DEVE). Panellists: Betty Amongi (Ugandan MP), Brian Atwood (Chair of OECD Development Assistance Committee), Rebeca Grynspan (United Nations Under-Secretary-General), Anna Lekvall (International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance), Antonio Tujan (BetterAid). Moderated by: Thijs Berman, MEP, opening remarks: Filip Kaczmarek, MEP.

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