9 April, 2014

Nations, civil society, organisations and foundations review global progress in effective development co-operation

By Global Partnership

pre-event_photo_storyDonors, developing countries, civil society and international organisations reviewed global progress in effective development co-operation today at a workshop on the eve of the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation.

The workshop: ‘Unfinished Business: Moving Forward to meet the Busan Commitments’ opened with a session to review and discuss the findings of the Global Partnership’s 2014 monitoring report. Read the summary of the workshop.

Monica Asuna, Head of the Aid Effectiveness Secretariat at the Kenyan National Treasury, led the charge for greater use of country systems, asking ‘why are donors hesitant about using country systems?’ and encouraging them to provide more predictable aid.

Asuna was part of a panel that included Tony Tujan, Co-Chair of CSO Partnership for Development Effectivenes and Martin Dahinden, Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Michael Gaffey, Deputy Director General of Irish Aid, moderated the discussion that included a range of actors involved in monitoring progress on the Busan commitments in the audience.

The Global Partnership monitoring report, the first of its kind since the Global Partnership was conceived in 2011, found strong international commitment to improve development co-operation despite economic turbulence, conflicts in parts of the world, and budgetary pressures in many high-income countries.

In his opening remarks Erik Solheim, OECD-DAC Chair, outlined a vision for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, which should ‘support good policies, more broader partnerships and the quality allocation of resources’.

Later sessions focused on country ownership, inclusive partnerships, transparency and accountability and the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, with development leaders from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Moldova and a range of organisations including the OPEC Fund for International Development and private foundations.

The meeting rounded off with a discussion on the need for accountability to foster better development co-operation. Participants recognized the key role of the Global Partnership in post-2015 global development agenda.

Read the summary of the workshop and the concept note.

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