16 November, 2013

Making Development Co-operation Better

By Global Partnership

Here are concrete examples from six very different countries – including fragile and post-conflict states, and nations poised to become middle-income countries – showing how effective development co-operation is building better lives around the world.

Indonesia is using development co-operation to reduce land use conflict and protect the world’s third largest rainforest. Producer of nearly half the world’s palm oil, the government-led Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative (SPO) is based upon existing land ownership, labour rights and environmental laws; ensuring compliance through an independent verification service. The initiative brings the government, international organizations, business and civil society together in a nationally owned consultative process, as envisaged in Busan.

Still recovering from internal conflict, Cote d’Ivoire is building development institutions anew based on Busan agreements to foster transparency and co-ordination between development organizations and government bodies. These processes, including the launch of sectoral consultations, are a crucial beginning to connect and inform the various international and national partners, many of whom were working alone or were absent during the past two years of civil strife.

Moldova is using an online Aid Management Platform to bolster transparency and co-ordination between the private sector, government, donors and civil society. As it nears middle-income country status, Moldova is applying development co-operation to focus on domestic resource mobilisation, increase transparency in donor interactions and prevent work duplication.

Malawi is making the most of technology to support development co-operation by using geospatial mapping to understand who is funding what, where. With goals to increase transparency and avoid duplication of efforts, this data is correlated with poverty rates across the country’s 28 districts as part of an Aid Management Platform that meets IATI transparency standards. The country has also created a framework to measure results of its development strategy and start using the Global Partnership indicators.

In a region struggling to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, Pacific Island leaders are using peer review processes to transparently track progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. By establishing an inclusive forum where donors and developing nations meet governments can better understand and address what is working and importantly, what is not delivering timely results.

Haiti’s huge earthquake in 2010 hit the country hard, but in terms of aid management the country quickly bounced back to high tech monitoring. In place since 2009, the External Assistance Management Module (MGAE) is an online, interactive database of financial flows and project information on work financed by the international community. A 2012 update added geo-location to the system, and the same year, the Haitian government verified data with more than 250 donors, NGOs and other development partners the MGAE tracks.

Full reports on each of these countries are available on the Global Partnership Community Space – please email: community@effectivecooperation.org to register.