On 17 April, during the UN Financing for Development (FfD) Forum, more than 60 participants from governments, civil society and other multi-stakeholder partners came together for a side event on ‘Making Development Co-operation More Effective: Country-Level Evidence and Action to Accelerate Progress’.
Co-hosted by the governments of Bangladesh, Germany, Honduras, Malawi and the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), during the event participants shared their own experiences and discussed preliminary evidence on how 86 countries and more than 100 development partners are making progress in meeting agreed commitments around more effective development co-operation.
Panelists discussed the 2018 monitoring round, the scope and magnitude of which has been higher than ever, looking at over 3,300 development co-operation interventions and collating information related to the delivery of approximately US$ 59 billion in disbursements.
H.E. Ambassador Ligoya, Permanent Representative of Malawi, applauded the 43 Least Developed Countries, including Malawi, that participated in the exercise, noting that ‘ensuring efficient and effective use of resources is integral on the road to achieving the 2030 Agenda’.
During the event, partner countries re-confirmed that monitoring at the country level provides essential data and evidence that helps drive dialogue and behavioural change towards delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) more effectively together.
Results show that almost all partner countries reported that they have a national development strategy in place, and that these are increasingly oriented towards the SDGs. Moreover, the multi-stakeholder data collection process is in itself seen as a useful tool that can help spark discussion and build political momentum around how best to achieve the SDGs at the local level.
Partners also discussed what action is needed to further improve the quality, effectiveness and impact of development co-operation. To this end, Dr. Uta Bollhoff, Deputy Director-General from Germany discussed the need for developing a similar monitoring approach for fragile and conflict-affected states, a key deliverable that the Global Partnership is working towards.
The main challenges identified included a lack of capacity to have meaningful and sufficient multi-stakeholder engagement opportunities on the ground. Mr. Vitalice Meja, former Co-Chair of CPDE, called for building dialogue structures and mechanisms so different stakeholders can contribute, discuss and reach consensus on national development priorities.
In response, H.E. Mr. Monowar Ahmed, Secretary at the Bangladesh Ministry of Finance and H.E. Ms. Norma Allegra Cerrato, Honduras’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs shared their countries’ successful experiences in setting up broad multi-stakeholder dialogue platforms on effective development co-operation.
Complementing the 2019 FfD forum’s call for mobilising more resources for meeting the ambitious 2030 Agenda, the side event discussions stressed the importance of more effective use of available resources for development, and a more inclusive dialogue around how to achieve this. There was consensus in the room that, in light of the timeframe and ambitions of the 2030 Agenda, further efforts in this regard are more critical than ever. Improving the effectiveness of development co-operation was also prioritised and referenced in the final Financing for Development Outcome Document, adopted by hundreds of member states this month.
The Global Partnership’s work from 2017 to 2019 will culminate in the upcoming Senior-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership (13-14 July 2019, New York) which takes place in the margins of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF). The meeting represents an important opportunity to showcase key evidence and tools on effectiveness. Deliberations at the SLM will further draw on monitoring results in the form of a global monitoring progress report that the Global Partnership will release ahead of the meeting.
With this, the SLM will make links between progress on effectiveness and individual SDGs under review during the 2019 HLPF, to demonstrate how more effective partnerships can have a long-lasting impact on SDG achievement.
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