Towards a Comprehensive Paradigm for Decent Work and development effectiveness

The second of the TUDCN Development Papers presents the trade union position and messages for the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness that will take place in Busan in November 2011.

Despite some progress in advancing the agenda on aid effectiveness for development results, trade unions contend that much more needs to be done if the Paris Declaration/Accra agenda for action (PD/AAA) processes are to move significantly forward in terms of real development effectiveness.

Given the shortcomings of the neo‐liberal paradigm that has dominated development policymaking and caused persistent poverty and a huge decent work deficit, trade unions call for a more comprehensive development paradigm that shifts from aid to development effectiveness.

Development effectiveness is defined by trade unions as the generation of positive social outcomes in terms of decent work, social protection, social dialogue, respect for human and trade union rights, gender equality, environmental sustainability, and the enjoyment of decent livelihoods and well being by all.

To achieve development effectiveness, trade unions call for the adoption by the Fourth High Level Forum of a Busan Declaration on Development Effectiveness which should address three major goals:

I) achieving development effectiveness,

II) realising the commitments made on aid effectiveness, and

III) supporting trade union and CSO’s as development actors in their own right.

Towards a Comprehensive Paradigm for Decent Work and Development Effectiveness