25 July, 2018

UAE Workshop Trains Regional Countries & Development Partners for the GPEDC’s 2018 Monitoring Round

By Global Partnership

On 11 July, the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation (MoFAIC), with support from the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC), led a two-day technical workshop for 26 regional countries and development partners, training them for the GPEDC 2018 monitoring round.

A country-led process, the GPEDC’s biennial monitoring exercise brings together bilateral and multilateral organisations, the private sector, civil society and parliaments, among others, to monitor effective development co-operation commitments at the country level, tracking progress against ten indicators to ensure that all development efforts are in line with four internationally-agreed principles for effective co-operation.

The workshop provided an opportunity to i. establish a dialogue between countries and development partners on ways to strengthen their joint collaboration, ii.discuss the tools and guidance that both would need to successfully engage in the monitoring process, and iii. understand the usefulness of the monitoring results.

Participants realised that concerted efforts by all at the country level was crucial in making development co-operation effective and using limited resources efficiently. To this end, multi-stakeholder platforms and dialogues are an important aspect of working together. In this context, the monitoring process was seen as a useful entry point to strengthen platforms for multi-stakeholder dialogue.

Regional countries and development partners were keen to share ideas on how they could strengthen their co-operation to monitor and deliver on development projects more effectively together. Government representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania, Pakistan, Sudan, and Yemen shared their experiences in implementing and monitoring effective development co-operation efforts. At the same time, the Arab funds and donors present shared their successful partnerships in delivering complex infrastructure projects in the region. The Islamic Development Bank also shared Multi-Development Banks’ joint efforts in assessing and improving the quality of countries’ procurement systems.

National and peer development partners present included representatives from UAE’s development cooperation system and the Gulf Coordination Council, namely the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, Arab Monetary Fund, Dubai Cares, Emirates Red Crescent, Etisalat UAE, Ewa’a Shelters for Victims of Human Trafficking, Islamic Development Bank, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Noor Dubai, OPEC Fund for International Development, Saudi Fund for Development , UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, United Arab Emirates University and Yahsat – Al Yah Satellite Communications Company.

Click here to find out more about the Global Partnership’s 2018 monitoring round.