The C20 is one of the seven G20 Engagement Groups which can be described as a specific space through which civil society organizations from
different parts of the world can contribute in a structured and sustained manner to the G20, thus ensuring that world leaders listen not only to the voices representing the governmental and business sectors, but also to the proposals and demands of civil society as a whole. The aim of this Engagement Group is to generate spaces to discuss and build, through transparent and inclusive processes, high-level policy papers to be presented to the G20 in order to influence it. C20 2018 was chaired and co-chaired by Poder Ciudadano and the Argentine Network for International Cooperation (RACI), respectively. Both organizations have the backing of the Argentine government (presidency of the G20) for the organization of the aforementioned engagement group.
During both days, different activities took place: special sessions of the C20 working groups where the Organizations participated; as well as plenary sessions where experts contributed to discussions on various topics related to the C20 Working Groups (anti-corruption, health, architecture of the international financial system, gender; others). Usually, an engagement group meets to discuss the important issues affecting its area of interest and drafts recommendations to the G20 to reflect its position. While these recommendations are non-binding, they are considered by the G20 for its discussions and negotiations, and contribute to the policymaking process.
AFRODAD was part of the Engagement Group that looked at "Preventing debt crisis and its negative social impacts". Mr. Tirivangani Mutazu, AFRODAD's Senior Policy Analyst, presented views from Africa "Current proposals towards responsible lending and borrowing to prevent unsustainable debt situations and their negative social impact.
The group event was organized by Bread for the World and LATINDADD. It was sponsored by AFRODAD, ADIN, EURODAD,FUNDACION SES ARGENTINA and SDI.