Effective Development in a Changing World: Partnerships with Business

Development in the post-2015 context: how, what, who?

A jointly hosted panel discussion was held by the European Commission, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Partnership during the European Development Days 2013 to discuss the crucial role the private sector can play as a cooperation and development actor.

Business can provide investment, jobs, economic growth and tax revenue all of which can contribute to development and poverty alleviation, when harnessed effectively. We need to deepen our understanding of responsible, sustainable, inclusive business as a partner in development; identify ways that aid and innovative financing instruments can help leverage private investment, and promote more systematic approaches to creating shared value.

A range of high-level speakers participated in the panel, including:

  • Nigerian Minister of Finance and Global Partnership Co-Chair Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
  • UK DFID representative (TBC)
  • Director General of Technical and Scientific Cooperation of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation
  • CEO China Africa Consulting, Helen Hai
  • CEO of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima
  • Head of Government & Industry Relations, De Beers Group, Andrew Bone

The event was an interactive forum for lively discussion, moderated by Vera Kwakofi of BBC Africa, with opportunities for questions, comments and wider participation from the audience.

The panel was held on 27 November, 11am in Lab 2.

The European Development Days took place on 26-27 November 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.

OFID/DFID Workshop – Taking forward the Global Partnership Principles

On 1 October, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the UK’s DFID organised a workshop for providers of development assistance, at OFID’s Headquarters in Vienna. The purpose of the event was to discuss how providers, both individually and collectively, could continue to make tangible improvements to the effectiveness of their development cooperation and use the Global Partnership to ensure real progress at country level for example by being more transparent or measuring and delivering more results.

Heads of seven out of ten of the Arab Funds attended, alongside over ten OECD DAC members and representatives from UNDP, Civicus and the African Development Bank (AfDB). Also present was the Mexican Ambassador to Austria, His Excellency Luis Alfonso De Alba. Mr Suleiman J. Al-Herbish, Director General, opened the workshop on behalf of OFID and Dr Mehtab Currey on behalf of DFID.

Participators left with an affirmed view that the first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership in Mexico had the potential to be a milestone/breakthrough for development effectiveness. They also gained a stronger understanding of the Global Partnership Monitoring Framework and what its ten indicators can help the international community understand about development effectiveness, for example how the use of recipient country‘s systems can help deliver country ownership. Moreover they shared lessons learned on on what has changed since the Global Partnership was created, and agreed to work together to identify some case studies and make even further progress – e.g. around transparency.

Finally, there was the opportunity to review the forward looking agenda for the first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership and ways to contribute substantively in the coming months were proposed. The Arab Funds in particular were very keen to input into likely sessions on the role of business in development and south-south cooperation. So do watch this space!

Fourth Global Partnership Steering Committee meeting held in Washington D.C.

The fourth Global Partnership Steering Committee meeting was held on 10 and 11 October in Washington D.C., United States. Video recordings of the meetings are available to view.

With the First Global Partnership High-Level Meeting now set for 15 to 16 of April 2014 in Mexico, the Steering Committee took important decisions for this milestone event and for making development co-operation more effective.

Specifically it looked at:

  • forge agreement on an inspirational political vision for the High-Level Meeting and for its contribution to the post-2015 development agenda; and,
  • Identify concrete deliverables and action that needs to happen before the High-Level Meeting.

The 18 Representatives of over 161 Governments and 54 organisations that are part of the Global Partnership also discussed recent global and regional initiatives on the implementation of the Busan commitments and share information on their own efforts to make development co-operation more effective.

The meeting was held immediately before the World Bank Group and IMF Annual Meetings on 11 – 13 October, 2013.

Indonesia and the World Bank also hosted two major side events on knowledge sharing and effective development co-operation on Wednesday 9 October and Saturday 12 October 2013.