Zambia is a signatory to both the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) agenda. However its efforts to domesticate the spirit of the AAA have been marked by lack of political ownership and intimidation of CSOs to engage in the process. This is largely so through the current NGO legislation that seeks to curtail the activities of the advocacy based CSOs. CSOs are nevertheless still ‘consulted’ in development related documents albeit at later stages. The government asked the CSOs to provide comments to the zero draft of the 6th national development plan, developed by consultants, to which the CSOs produced a shadow report that was presented to the government for consideration.
Given the lack of Zambian CSO specific studies on aid effectiveness, its status, impact and CSO involvement, Zambian CSO participation in the aid effectiveness agenda has been lukewarm and uncoordinated. There is therefore a need to conduct a research that can initiate CSO action on aid effectiveness.
Research undertaken will be used primarily to generate strategic information to enable the CSOs undertake awareness raising among the Zambian (CSOs) and develop a common understanding, analysis of the issues and a common position for advocacy. It will also seek to enable the CSPR to mobilize CSOs to carry out proactive lobby and advocacy campaigns that are directed at governmental and multistakeholder forum on international aid and development cooperation where key policies are being formulated.
The specific objective of the research is to catalyze the involvement of Zambian CSOs in the reform of the aid architecture at the national level.
The project will be divided into two phases. The first case will include research, multistakeholder dialogue. The second phase will include strategy development, capacity building and networking.
It is envisioned that the research be finalized in August while the national dialogue will take place early September. The national dialogue will be key in preparing Zambian CSOs and government towards Busan. The strategy development and networking and Capacity building will be done after Busan I order to build on the outcomes from Busan.