BUSAN Partnership: Challenges & Opportunities for Creating an Enabling Environment for CSOs in Africa: A Synthesis of Six Countries

"Africa is a significant receiver of donor aid, while also remaining an area where inequality and poverty exists. With the realization that Africa is not a homogenous land mass it was imperative to undertake research in the six countries documented in this report as a way to bring forth the unique national situations that exist in the different countries. This report focuses on Burundi, Cameroon, Lesotho, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia and attempts to answer the question of how ready these countries are to enable the Development Effectiveness. The research focused on key areas of the aid chain to assess their strengths as well as their challenges in contributing to the national efficacy to deliver development goals that would ultimately result in equality, poverty reduction and sustainable development. In this regard the research work focuses on national development processes adopted by each country and their inclusivity, the intersection of government, aid effectiveness and civil society; an analysis of existing Civil Soceity Organizations (CSO) platforms and their readiness to enable development effectiveness; and lastly a focus on the governments’ planning processes and how they relate to aid effectiveness in terms of national ownership, accountability and results."