Forum in Seoul looks at Role of Development Effectiveness in 2030 Agenda, Private Sector and Fragile States

The Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the second annual Busan Global Partnership Forum in Seoul on 23-24 November. The Forum brought together nearly 200 participants from donor agencies, partner countries, civil society, multilateral organisations, think-tanks and the private sector to share experiences on how the principles of effective development co-operation are being implemented in practice, and how this can support implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Effective development co-operation as an enabler for implementing the SDGs

The Forum highlighted the importance of development effectiveness principles for supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. In a panel discussion with representatives of Malawi, the Philippines, Japan, and UNDP, and in the ensuing discussion, there was a strong emphasis on the importance of inclusive partnerships at country-level and of aligning the range of development co-operation with national priorities for implementing the SDGs. Participants recognized the role the Global Partnership can play in supporting multistakeholder dialogue at the country level and in sharing good practice, and in using the Global Partnership monitoring framework to support the SDG follow-up and review. See the session document.

Partnering effectively with the private sector

In discussions on development effectiveness and the private sector, panelists showcased successful examples of bringing in the private sector as a development partner, underpinned by development effectiveness principles. For example, In India, USAID worked with the Gates Foundation to set up a platform for engaging business in the water, sanitation and health sector. The Zambia Business in Development Facility is supporting dialogue between business, the government, and other partners around the country’s industrialization policy; and in the Philippines, Microsoft worked with the government, donors, and other business to support fisheries by extending connectivity in rural coastal communities. Discussions underscored the role the Global Partnership can play in bringing business to the table through promoting a strong focus on results and bridging communication gaps between partners. See the session document for more case studies.

Development effectiveness in fragile states

In discussions on fragile states, participants highlighted the importance of the New Deal – which emerged from the 2011 Busan High Level Forum – for supporting country ownership of development in fragile contexts; the importance of engaging all development stakeholders in planning development interventions; and the value of context-specific approaches to implementing effectiveness principles in fragile states – including efforts to develop specific mechanisms for using country systems; and the need to bring humanitarian and development processes together to improve coherence and effectiveness. See the session document for more case studies.

In closing the Forum, Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Shin Dong-ik emphasized the importance of extending the effectiveness of principles to the range of development co-operation and to make effective development co-operation a component of the means of implementation for the UN 2030 development agenda.

An outcome report will be produced to synthesize lessons learned and ideas shared at the Forum and will inform the Second Global Partnership High Level Meeting in Kenya in November 2016.

Learning and accelerating program

Alongside the Forum, the Korea International Co-operation Agency held the 2015 Learning and Accelerating Program, to increase awareness and understanding of effective development co-operation among developing country practitioners. Learn more here.

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.