29 November, 2018

Countries Discuss Effectiveness Action Plans at the 2018 GPEDC Learning and Acceleration Programme

By Global Partnership

On 12 November, 26 government representatives from several ministries including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs gathered in the Republic of Korea for the annual GPEDC Learning and Accelerating Programme (LAP), organised by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in co-operation with the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre. Other constituencies such as civil society organisations were also invited.

This year’s LAP provided a platform for peer-to-peer learning and skills-training on implementing the four principles of effective development co-operation. Participants shared common challenges and proven solutions to effectiveness hurdles, and discussed their experiences participating in the 2018 round of GPEDC monitoring. Based on key discussions from the trainings, the 26 participating government representatives prepared and presented country-specific effectiveness action plans.

This year’s program included a wide range of insightful training modules led by experts from UNDP, OECD, KOICA, Institute for Global Dialogue, Kyung Hee University, ALIARSE and Reality of Aid, generating conversation around how all stakeholders can work more effectively together.

During one such session, a LAP participant, Lyn Angelica D. Pano, emphasised the role of civic engagement in shaping development co-operation policies, commenting that ‘all knowledge comes from the people and the community, hence all of our work should match the needs of the people…we try to empower the people, so that they can exercise their right in shaping development sectors and policies’.

In another session – a simulation activity where multiple actors held a meeting in a post-conflict scenario – a participant from Pakistan emphasised the importance of trust among stakeholders, concluding that the activity highlighted ‘the difficulty of bringing together the different strands of work between humanitarian assistance, development and peace’.

The LAP was created to meet countries’ demand for training in implementation of effective development co-operation. This year marks the fourth LAP, with other programmes held in 2014, 2015 and 2016.