Open for Comments and Contributions: “Expanding CSO Contributions to Governance Agendas of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs)”

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 commendably calls for reducing corruption and making governments more transparent, participatory, responsive and accountable. The upcoming UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2019 will provide an official assessment of Goal 16. Available data indicates progress so far is uneven at best and intensification efforts are needed.

PTF is at an advanced stage of preparing a paper that focuses on how CSOs can make a greater contribution to governance outcomes under SDG 16 targets that are also supported by multilateral development banks (MDBs). The purpose of this paper is to examine roles for CSOs to play, review the evidence on what works and what does not, and present recommendations to establish and expand successful CSO programs.

We aim to finalize the paper for presentation in coming weeks as part of activities of the Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) Network during the UN HLPF meeting. This preliminary summary of findings and recommendations is being released at this time for consultation and feedback.

Click here to download the draft summary of preliminary findings and recommendations. Please send your comments and contributions to PTF’s Chief Technical Adviser, Vinay Bhargava (, by 30th May 2019.


Vinay Bhargava

A. Edward Elmendorf

Simon Gray

Barbara Kafka

Daniel Ritchie

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