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The CSO Financing for Development (FfD) Group is an open group with the single criterion for membership being representation of a public-benefit civil society organization. The Group has a fundamentally thematic focus, bringing together civil society organizations, networks and federations that are interested and active in the Financing for Development Process and its interrelated domains. In various conformations, the CSO FfD Group’s engagement dates back to the Preparatory Committee process leading up to the first International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey (March 2002), and then continues through the preparation and follow-up of the Financing for Development Conference in Doha (November 2008) and the Third Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa (July 2015). In particular, the Group has been active in its present format (Global Social Economy Group – GSEG) since the Doha FfD Review Conference in 2008.
Participating organizations include movements, networks, federations and coalitions among various constituencies (both those formally recognised within the current structure of the Major Groups, such as NGOs, women, children and youth, and trade unions, but also people living with disabilities, aging and others) as well as regional and thematic groupings.