Africa boosts efforts to implement the Busan Principles

Africa is working to implement the Busan Principles and the African consensus and position on Development Effectiveness.

The NEPAD Secretariat and the African Union Commission are providing support at every level across the continent.

With partners, the two organizations have helped put continental governance structures in place, facilitated the African consultation process for implementation and helped link key players both within countries and across the region.

Two regional workshops for Central and Western African countries took place in November and December 2012 to help ensure national ownership of the Global Partnership agenda.

The workshops brought together experts from Government, civil society, parliaments, regional economic communities, development partners and the private sector to reflect on implementation that contributes to African development priorities, such as peace building and crisis prevention, governance, infrastructure, education, health, and food security.

Participants also:

  • identified the key elements for the elaboration of a post-Busan action plan;
  • discussed implementation of Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness, both nationally and its wider role in boosting south-south Cooperation; and,
  • explored potential links between the Global Partnership and the post-MDG consultation process.

Participants agreed to include the Busan monitoring framework into their national development plans and high level political engagement and inclusive participation were seen as critical to bring about successful implementation.

The UNDP supported event also helped build links, boost capacities and share knowledge.

Action by Country

Benin has already included the development effectiveness indicators into its national development framework after including them in its latest review of the national overty reduction strategy paper.
The Government, civil society and development partners worked to advance mutual accountability through implementing a performance assessment framework.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a pilot country for the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

Implementing IATI has helped the country test its automatic data collection system for external resources.

The DRC has developed an aid and national investment platform and external resources are being integrated into the National Budget.

The platform has strengthened the Government’s ownership of aid information management and has helped mobilize development partners for a dialogue on aid coordination.

Information in the system is available to all development partners and civil society organizations. It is being expanded for use by provincial government departments and others involved in decentralized cooperation.

The DRC’s experience in implementing its aid information management system is frequently shared with other African countries through regional knowledge exchange initiatives, including those facilitated by UNDP.

The country is also working to implement relevant aspects of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. With UNDP support, it has:

  • launched a broad-based national dialogue;
  • agreed on a common understanding of fragility;
  • developed a matrix on implementing the peace building and state building goals; and,
  • conducted a fragility assessment that was led by civil society.
Rwanda has focused on:
  • boosting national ownership of its development priorities by developing the countries second economic development and poverty reduction strategy;
  • improving coordination with development partners by widening the process of developing the strategy;
  • strengthening results and accountability by revising the indicators and targets of the donor performance assessment framework, which now includes the Busan monitoring framework.
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