20 June, 2015

Effective Cooperation with Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Addressing Sustainable Development Challenges in Middle Income Countries

By Global Partnership

Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation Side Event at Financing for Development Conference
13:15-14:45, 14 July, 2015

Hosted by Japan and Mexico

The geography of poverty has been evolving so that middle-income countries (MICs) now represent almost three quarters of the global poor. While a considerable number of countries have reached middle-income status through rapid economic growth, many MICs encounter diverse development challenges including persistent poverty, growing inequality, vulnerability to macro-economic shocks and climate change. Against the backdrop of rapidly changing development architecture with the emergence of new transformative SDGs, there is a growing consensus that this is an opportune time to re-assess the role of development cooperation in the context of MICs.

This high-level multi-stakeholder panel discussion will consider the principles of successful development cooperation practices in MICs. Hosted by Japan and Mexico under the framework of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation; GPEDC, and moderated by international broadcaster Henry Bonsu, the side event will include perspectives from a range of governments, as well as international organizations, CSOs, and the private sector on key questions including:

The event addressed key questions including:

  • How can development cooperation play a catalytic role in addressing impediments to further development in Middle Income Countries?
  • How can the GPEDC as a multi-stakeholder platform promoting behavioral change on the ground support these efforts?

Format and Participation:

A moderated panel of participants shared its views on these questions, highlighting opportunities and challenges ahead, followed by interactive discussion.

Moderator: Henry Bonsu, International Broadcaster

Opening Remarks

Japan: H.E. Mr. Minoru Kiuchi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs
Malawi: Mr. Newby Kumwembe, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development / Global Partnership Co-Chair

Panel Discussion:

  • The Netherlands: Mr. Christiaan Rebergen, Director-General for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Global Partnership Co-Chair – Lessons learned from multi-stakeholder partnerships
  • Mexico: Mr. Juan Manuel Valle, Executive Director, Mexican International Development Cooperation Agency (AMEXCID) – MIC perspective in the FfD outcome document
  • UNDP: Mr. Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support – “The Role of Development Cooperation in MICs” (Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund Survey)
  • Thailand: Mr. Chutintorn Gongsakde, Director-General, Department of International Economic Affairs – Perspectives from MIC in Asia
  • Ghana: H.E. Mr. Seth Terkper, Minister of Finance – Perspectives from MIC in Africa
  • OECD/DAC: Mr. Jon Lomoy, Director of the Development Co-operation Directorate – Development Challenges in MICs

Interactive Discussion from the Floor

  • Republic of Philippines: Ms. Violeta S. Corpus, Assistant Director of Monitoring and Evaluation Staff, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)
  • ECLAC: Mr. Daniel Titelman, Chief, Economic Development Division
  • UNICEF: Ms. Nalinee Nippita, Senior Advisor for Multilateral and Intergovernmental Partnership
  • CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE): Mr. Jorge Balbis, Co-Chair for Outreach and CSO Effectiveness
  • USAID: Mr. Alex Their (TBC), Assistant Administrator

For more information, please contact info@effectivecooperation.org