7 October, 2016

Development Partners: Deliver Better Development Co-operation to Reach the SDGs

By Global Partnership

Vienna, 30 September 2016 — In preparation of the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation on 28 November to 1 December 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, representatives of major development co-operation partners came together to discuss how to accelerate progress in improving the effectiveness of their development co-operation.

Thirty-five major development co-operation partners – members of the European Union, the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee, the Arab Coordination Group including the OPEC Fund for International Development, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund – reaffirmed their commitments to improving the ways in which they partner for development to contribute to the agreed Global Sustainable Development Agenda – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Conference was hosted by The OPEC Fund for International Development at its Headquarters in Vienna.

Development partners agreed on a series of actions to provide renewed momentum to strengthening development results – from strengthening capacity to use country systems to leveraging private sector engagement and engaging new partners and using development co-operation data better.

Preliminary findings of the 2016 Monitoring Report of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, to be released in October 2016, show that partners better align activities to country priorities; focus on results at project and programme-level; and improve their reporting and use of partner country public financial management systems. At the same time, progress is needed in providing more predictable support, making progress in using countries’ procurement systems and results frameworks to track successes and inform decision making, among others.

The Global Partnership provides support in all these areas and helps governments in scaling up development solutions – tackling the question of “how” to realise the ambitious 2030 Agenda through more effective, multi-stakeholder development co-operation. Being outside of the realm of the United Nations, it presents a flexible space to devise policy support to realise the SDGs at country level based on high quality data and evidence. For it to work more effectively, development partners suggested that the Global Partnership should ensure continued accountability by convening stakeholders at high level every two years – alternating between the margins of the Heads of State High Level Political Forum in New York and stand-alone High Level Meetings – and by facilitating more specialised technical and policy dialogues between different stakeholders and communities of interest to advance specific principles and commitments, share lessons and encourage mutual learning.

This development partner conference was one among a series of opportunities to facilitate consultation among development co-operation actors on their commitments and expectations of the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership.

More information on the Conference could be found here.

Click here to read a Reuters news article on the Development Partners’ Conference.

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