Global Partnership events on knowledge sharing at World Bank, IMF meeting sidelines

Two major meetings on knowledge sharing and effective development co-operation were held on the sidelines of the Fourth Global Partnership Steering Committee meeting and the World Bank Group and IMF annual meetings in Washington D.C. in October 2013.

Knowledge sharing has been identified as a priority work area for the Global Partnership. With other themes, it will feature prominently at the first High Level Meeting in Mexico in April 2014.

A High Level event on knowledge sharing and effective development co-operation took place on Saturday 12 October 2013 at the World Bank.

Chaired by Global Partnership co-Chair Armida Alisjahbana, Indonesian Minister for National Development Planning and Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President for Change, Knowledge and Learning at the World Bank, the event brought leaders from developing countries and emerging economies together to discuss how sharing knowledge and experience:

  • can boost development and help eradicate poverty in developing countries; and,
  • can be made more effective and contribute to better development co-operation in a post-2015 landscape.

See the full concept note for more details.

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A technical workshop on knowledge sharing took place on Wednesday 9 October from 14:00 to 17:45 at the World Bank.

Bringing together members of the Global Partnership and participants in the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, the event shared key tools and lessons learned on results-focused south-south and global knowledge exchange.

Updates were provided on country-led knowledge hubs, following the 2012 High-Level Meeting on Country-Led Knowledge Hubs in Bali, Indonesia.

The event also focused on what kind of information recipients of knowledge seek and facilitate dialogue on the Global Partnership’s role in knowledge sharing work in preparation of the First High Level Meeting in Mexico in 2014.

See the full concept note for more details.

‘Country focused’ Seoul Workshop covers strategies, best practices for effective development co-operation

Seoul_storyRepresentatives from thirty governments, civil society and international organisations met in Seoul on 18-19 November to share experiences and challenges in implementing the Global Partnership principles of effective development co-operation in their countries.

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation helps 160 governments and more than 45 international organisations work better together to end poverty.

With two years since the Busan High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness and less than six months to the first High Level meeting of the Global Partnership in Mexico, this workshop is great opportunity take stock of how development co-operation is changing where it matters most – at the country level’ said Shin Dong-ik, Korean Deputy Foreign Minister.

As the host of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, we feel a strong responsibility to support developing countries in their efforts to lead development co-operation at home. With this in mind, we would like to host an annual meeting to cover country-level implementation’ he added.

Hosted by Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP’s Seoul Policy Centre, the two-day ‘Busan Global Partnership workshop’ helped participants make sense of the reality of development co-operation on the ground and exchange experience, facts and data on the implementation of the Busan commitments.

Developing countries, donors and a range of organisations endorsed the commitments at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness that was held in Busan, Korea in 2011. They aim to improve the quality of development co-operation by ensuring developing countries lead their own development, boosting the impact of development co-operation and ensuring all involved in development work together in a transparent and accountable way.

Alvaro Pinto-Scholtbach, Director of the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, called for open, honest exchanges and cited the diversity of actors as a real strength of the Global Partnership:

The diversity of countries and actors here today reflects one of the Busan Global Partnership’s greatest assets; that it brings everyone together to boost the impact of development co-operation’ he said.

Tajikistan, Madagascar, Honduras, Vietnam, Tanzania, a range of other countries and civil society organisations shared their experience in making development more effective.

We have plans in place for our development’ said Mary Jarvis-Yak, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic planning of South-Sudan – the world’s newest nation.

As long as donors listen to us, forums like this and the upcoming meeting in Mexico mean that the Global Partnership is valuable to South-Sudan’.

On April 15-16 2014, Ministers and development leaders will meet in Mexico for the first High Level meeting of the Global Partnership to stock of international progress in meeting the Busan commitments and discuss key topics related to effective co-operation. The Seoul workshop is expected to feed into the discussions in Mexico.

At the Seoul workshop developing countries also called for donors to meet their commitments.

If donors [channel resources through] our country systems more, we will improve them’ said Andrea Shepard Stewart, Manager of multilateral technical co-operation in Jamaica’s Planning Institute.

There are too many missions coming in from donors. Almost one every week, saying the same things. We need to cut them down’ she added.

A session on donor’s efforts to meet the Busan commitments included presentations from the United Kingdom, European Union and Finland with comments from a range of developing countries. Anthony Smith, Head of International Relations for the UK’s Department for International Development Chaired the session:

We’ve had a great discussion on some very practical issues faced by donors and developing countries today – and I will take the recommendations home’ he said.

The most important thing for us is results, to convince Parliament and the public that money is being well spent’.

New blog to drive debate on effective development co-operation in a changing world

Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaks out today on the importance of domestic resource mobilisation in a launching post for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation’s new blog. As the international community seeks new partnerships to work toward ending global poverty and tackling inequality, the Effective Development Co-operation Blog launches as a new forum to bring diverse and expert voices together.

“The Effective Development Co-operation Blog promises to be a valuable platform for sharing expert insights to help the world move toward more effective development cooperation,” said Global Partnership Co-Chair and Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. “It is vital to hear from all stakeholders of the Global Partnership as we approach its first High-Level Meeting in Mexico City in April 2014.”

Minister Okonjo-Iweala’s timely post on domestic resource mobilisation launches the blog – telling of the challenges and opportunities for developing countries to boost their domestic incomes. New blogs will be published every week as the Mexico meeting approaches, with posts soon to come from:

  • Indonesian Minister for National Development Planning Armida Alisjahbana on knowledge sharing
  • UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening on effective development co-operation with the private sector
  • Former UNDP Associate Administrator and former UN Special Representative for Iraq Ad Melkert on a breakthrough toolkit for financing development.
  • Director General for Development Co-operation at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs Youngju Oh on Korea’s progress in implementing the Busan Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness

Other development experts and practitioners from countries including Colombia, Indonesia, India and the US will follow to give varied comments on many aspects of development co-operation.

The need to bring varied voices together is stronger than ever in consideration of a new development architecture 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 at 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 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 emerging issues such as South-South co-operation, domestic resource mobilisation and public-private partnerships can help explore new ways of effective development co-operation to provide valuable inputs ahead of the Global Partnership  first High-Level Meeting  in Mexico.

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