The African regional post-monitoring workshop took place 14-15 September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. With support and collaboration from the UNDP-OECD Joint Support Team, it was hosted by the NEPAD agency and the African Union Commission (AUC), together with UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa. As member of the Global Partnership on Development Co-operation Steering Committee, NEPAD is leading co-ordination of the African position on effective development co-operation in the lead-up to the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership (HLM2), which will take place 28 November – 1 December in Nairobi.
The workshop brought together representatives of over 35 countries, CSOs, the private sector and providers of development co-operation, including South-South Co-operation partners. It provided an opportunity for national monitoring co-ordinators and other stakeholders to review the results of the second monitoring round at the country level, drawing lessons and conclusions for further action. It also facilitated the preparation of Africa’s Common Position and Consensus that will feed into HLM2.
On the monitoring exercise, participants underlined its importance and utility as part of the Global Partnership, as it represents an opportunity for countries to assess their respective progress on how development co-operation is conducted at the country level and engage and exchange with all development partners on this issue. As captured by the preliminary results aggregated at the global level, while several Busan commitments have made progress or been maintained, some indicators have deteriorated for Africa. Aid predictability and untied aid have declined, and no progress has been made in strengthening country systems. However, there are positive stories to share around defining national priorities, mutual accountability, aid on budget, gender-responsive budgeting and inclusive partnerships (with CSOs, the private sector, etc.). Overall, the continent remains more dependent on aid than other regions, which is a challenge considering that many countries in Africa are transitioning to Middle Income status.
Participants emphasised the need to go beyond the monitoring exercise and sustain / institutionalise outcomes at all levels, including national, but also sub-national, regional and global levels. The results of the monitoring exercise should be used to spur dialogue and change, including making binding commitments, so that concrete actions are undertaken at the national level. Moreover, representatives called for stronger efforts and greater openness to accessing relevant information, as data transparency and comprehensiveness remain critical to ensuring that reliable evidence is gathered for the monitoring exercise.
On the discussions around the mandate of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, participants acknowledged that it should go beyond the monitoring exercise, and become a platform of exchange towards the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals. It was also highlighted that the Global Partnership should continue to play a strong advocacy role in order to change behaviour among all partners to increase effective development co-operation, particularly within the context of the implementation of the new sustainable development agenda. The Global Partnership should also increase its communication and visibility at all levels to strengthen the involvement of all development partners.
On the Second High-Level Meeting taking place in Nairobi on 28 November – 1 December, participants underlined the importance that African countries speak with one voice and called for an integrated action plan for development effectiveness that would fit into the AU Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda.
The full outcome report of the African Regional Post-Monitoring Workshop will be available on www.effectivecooperation.org in late September.