The development landscape is changing.

The international community is seeking new ways to co-operate for a better world, and to work toward ending aid dependency as we approach the UN Millennium Development Goals’ target year of 2015.

At this critical juncture in global development, poverty and inequality remain central challenges. At the same time, the world is re-examining the international development system as part of the next global development framework.

Donor and recipient nations, businesses, and civil society organizations … everyone must have a say.

The new Effective Development Co-operation blog is a forum for sharing advice, learning and experiences on such issues. It is an informal platform to widen the development co-operation conversation to include all stakeholders.

It is hosted by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation to help nations, business and organizations work better together to end poverty. It brings governments, private companies, civil society and others together to ensure funding, time and knowledge produce maximum impact for development.

New conversations on trends such as South-South co-operation, domestic resource mobilization and public-private partnerships can help explore new ways of effective development co-operation.

Email: comment@effectivecooperation.org to join the conversation.

Global Partnership ‘can help unlock illicit funds’ says Nigerian Finance Minister

24 September 2013 – Nigerian Finance Minister Okonjo-Iweala cited the Global Partnership as an important tool to help developing countries collect more tax and cut illicit flows at a high level panel discussion on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Watch a video of the event.

‘Helping countries fund their own development must be a part of a global development framework for the after the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015’ she said. ‘The Global Partnership can help us unlock some of these illicit funds’.

Moderated by the BBC’s Zeinab Badawi, the discussion on development co-operation, tax and illicit flows at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN included Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia; Former South African President Thabo Mbeki; Ministers from Mexico, Norway, Indonesia and the United Kingdom and senior officials from the IMF, the OECD and the Colombian tax administration.

‘Africa loses around 50 billion dollars a year through tax evasion, undeclared business and corruption’ said Thabo Mbeki, who chairs the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa. ‘The amount lost since 1970 is about three times the amount of the continents external debt’.

Liberian President Johnson-Sirleaf called for greater co-operation in helping developing countries improve their national tax authorities.

‘The policemen are good, but we must build new partnerships to plug leaks and build capacity’ she said.

Minister Okonjo-Iweala shared Nigeria’s experience in boosting capabilities of national tax authorities: ‘Through work on improving our tax administration we’re collecting five times more now than we were 10 years ago. But there is so much more potential here’ she said.

OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria cited the ‘huge political traction’ on tax and information sharing in the G20 group of leading economies. Automatic trans-national tax information exchange must be the ‘new normal’ to curb tax avoidance by big multi-national companies he said.

The Global Partnership is looking at how development co-operation can boost tax revenue and build institutional capacity for tax collection in the run up to its first Ministerial-level meeting to be held in Mexico in 2014.

‘Alongside south-south co-operation and the theme of middle-income countries in development co-operation, boosting institutional capacity for tax collection will be an important theme for the Ministerial’ said José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Co-chair and United Kingdom Development Minister Justine Greening stated the importance of the private sector in development at the Ministerial meeting and that the Global Partnership can help ‘light the way’ for a broader partnership in global post-2015 development goals.

Read the briefing on domestic resource mobilisation and the Global Partnership.

Asia makes recommendations for regional development co-operation

Policymakers from the Asia-Pacific have published recommendations on three broad strategies for practical and effective development co-operation in their region.

Twenty-eight government development and economic co-operation policymakers and practitioners shared experiences and knowledge at a recent workshop in Bangladesh.

Participants agreed that rapid economic growth has contributed to remarkable progress in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the region, although accompanied by rising inequalities.

Now deepening of the MDGs is required in the remaining two years to address outstanding issues of income and non-income inequalities, the lack of quality education, youth unemployment and vulnerabilities, gender inequality and social exclusion, health and environment risks, conflict and fragility, good governance challenges, limited progress in global partnerships on ODA, trade, technology and affordable medicines.

Read the full list of observations here.

The meeting informed on implementation of the Busan Commitments and the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation to date.

The group, whose members represented twelve countries and Civil Society Organization platforms in the region, have now published their recommendations ahead of the Global Partnership’s first Ministerial-level meeting.Attendees proposed three broad country-level strategies to actively seek regional co-operation in a practical and feasible way:

  1. Strengthen and operationalize country-led results, accountability frameworks and multi-stakeholders’ platforms to assess performance.
  2. Situate ODA in a broader development finance landscape for priorities including MDGs and Post-2015 development agenda.
  3. Upscale successful South-South co-operation and triangular co-operation from the region, including knowledge sharing platforms.

 

Participants also proposed stock-taking measures to track these strategies, which may be supported by the recently launched Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility.

They recommended consolidating evidence and perspectives from the Asia-Pacific region ahead of the First Ministerial to be hosted by Mexico in April 2014, and advised use of online knowledge-sharing events and social networking to discuss challenges and exchange solutions.

Click to read the full recommendation paper from the meeting, held in Dhaka on 25-27 August 2013.