Participation in Development Cooperation

Decent living conditions cannot simply be organised from the outside. “The poor themselves must bear the responsibility if their development effort is to be sustainable.“ (Publication “Justice for All", p. 46) For this reason, the participation of the poor in development cooperation is a fundamental principle and a cross-cutting issue in the Commission’s development policy and work. The participation in political decision-making of those concerned in particular and the participation of civil society forces in general is a prerequisite for a sustainable consolidation of measures to combat poverty and for their effective implementation. The intensive exchange with Justice and Peace structures in African countries emphasises the role of the Church in development policy participatory processes.
The Justice and Peace Commission introduces the positions of its partners in the European political dialogue by presenting joint statements issued for example with Fr. Ezechiel Ade Owoeye, director of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Ibadan, Nigeria, on the topic partnership in development cooperation on the occasion of the civil society meeting prior to the EU-Africa summit in November 2007 or with Lali Naidoo, director of the Eastern Cape Agricultural Research Project in Grahamstown, RSA, on the topic decent work in the rural area.

Publication “New Chances for Participatory Processes in Development Cooperation"

Publication “Nouvelles chances pour les processus de participation dans la coopération au développement"