2nd Busan Global Partnership Forum in Korea, November 2015

The 2nd Busan Global Partnership Forum took place in Seoul on the 23–24 November 2015, building on the success of the first Forum, which took place in 2014. Click here to read the 2015 Outcome Report.

This series of annual forums, funded and organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, aims to focus on progress in implementing the Busan commitments at country level and complements the biennial GPEDC High-Level Meetings, which monitor overall progress at political level. This year’s Forum brings together approximately 200 participants from donor agencies, partner countries, civil society, multilateral organisations, think-tanks and the private sector to share country case study experiences and explore in detail where and how success has been achieved, together with the contexts and facilitating factors that led to such success.

The 2015 Forum provided useful ideas for action to inform the April meeting of the GPEDC Steering Committee and provided inputs to preparations for the next High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership, which will be held in Kenya, November 2016. An outcome document will be produced to synthesise lessons learned and ideas shared at the Forum with wider stakeholder groups.

Focus and themes for the 2015 Forum

The 2015 Forum was the first GPEDC meeting to take place after the UN Sustainable Development Summit and promoted focused, practical discussions on GPEDC’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a clear emphasis on implementation at country level.

The following key themes have been selected for their timeliness and relevance to the external environment and in response to demand from participants:

1)     GPEDC’s role in the post-2015 development framework

2)     The role of the private sector in effective development

3)     Development effectiveness in fragile states

Additionally, since GPEDC members have a wealth of experience in monitoring effectiveness commitments at country level as well as strengthening the impacts of their cooperation, and there are clear synergies with the future monitoring of the SDGs, the topic of monitoring will also be a key part of discussions in the Forum.

Background papers on the three themes have been prepared by Development Initiatives to inform and promote discussion at the Forum, including a synthesis of country experiences collected from country case studies.

Special elements in the 2015 Forum include

  • High-level panel discussion on the role of the GPEDC in post-2015
  • Panel discussions with expert, working-level speakers from donor countries, partner countries, private sector and civil society speakers on the key themes
  • Focused and facilitated discussion sessions to allow participants to reflect on panels, and interact and learn from each other
  • Breakout sessions on day 1 of the Forum to update on progress under the GPEDC initiatives: financing for results, climate finance, South–South cooperation, and civil society
  • Lightning talks open to all participants, sharing lessons learned in-country

Learning and accelerating program

Alongside the Forum, the 2015 Learning and Accelerating program (LAP), funded and organized by Korea International Cooperation Agency, on the 18–21 November. The LAP sought to increase awareness and understanding of GPEDC by providing opportunities to share knowledge and experiences of GPEDC at country level. It supported participants to understand the relevance of the Busan principles and commitments to their own work as well as to build the skills they need to implement them in their own contexts. The modules included a combination of peer learning and skills training session, and ensured linkages to the subsequent Annual Forum whilst avoiding overlap. To encourage active mutual learning, limited number of participants were invited.

Attendance at the Forum and LAP is by invitation only.

Background materials for download:

2015 Forum Background Note

2015 Forum Agenda

2015 Forum Breakout Session Synopses

LIGHTNING TALKS: Sharing experiences at the 2015 GPEDC Forum

At this year’s GPEDC Forum in Korea, up to 8 participants are invited to give a 5 minute lightning talk. Download this document for details of how to participate.

Below you can download a selection of background papers produced to stimulate discussion during the plenary sessions. There are three reports for the three plenary sessions; please download and read ahead of the meeting. We also include links to the Executive Summary alone if you need a shorter version for printing. For plenary 3 we have also included a third link to Introduction and synopsis of key lessons learned from case studies. If you are short of time, you can choose to read just this part of the report.

Plenary 1: The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation’s Contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Plenary 2: The Role of the Private Sector in Development Effectiveness: Common Components for Success in Future Partnerships
Plenary 3: Progress in Delivering the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in States of Fragility

For further information, please contact

Ms. Jung-eun Shin, Second Secretary, Development Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea, jeshin89@mofa.go.kr

Ms. Songhee SON, Manager, Planning & Coordination Team, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Republic of Korea, ssonee@koica.go.kr

Cordelia Lonsdale, Engagement Adviser, Development Initiatives, +44 (0)1179 272505, cordelia.lonsdale@devinit.org

Summary Articles

Forum in Seoul looks at role of development effectiveness in 2030 agenda, private sector and fragile states

Government of Korea hosts GPEDC Learning and Accelerating Programme

DISCLAIMER: This blog is a forum for sharing the diverse views of its varied contributors on important and emerging issues of Effective Development Co-operation. The posts do not necessarily reflect the view of the Global Partnership, its Co-Chairs, Steering Committee members, or of the joint UNDP/OECD support team.