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What is effective development co-operation?

Effective development co-operation is about ensuring all partners involved in development co-ordinate work effectively to ensure maximum impact in eradicating poverty.

Under the leadership of the host government, effective development co-operation means bringing governments, business, civil society organisations, foundations, institutions and others together to ensure funding, time and knowledge produce maximum impact for development.

The core principles of effective development co-operation were agreed at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea in 2011. They include:

  • ownership by developing countries
  • a focus on results
  • inclusive development partnerships
  • transparency and accountability to one another

Effective development co-operation helps developing countries better plan their own development through an enhanced understanding on what kind of assistance is being provided and planned.

Through effective co-operation country governments can also:

  • better monitor results of all development assistance
  • share best practices and learn from peers
  • ensure donors align their assistance with national priorities and plans
  • recommend sectors and geographical areas where assistance should be concentrated
  • avoid duplication of efforts
  • foster new partnerships and working relationships that boost impact

Six countries use effective development co-operation to boost overall results.

Effective development co-operation is helping to transform agriculture in Ethiopia.

How does effective development co-operation differ from aid effectiveness?

At the beginning of the 21st century it became clear that it was important to look not only at the quantity, but also at the quality of Official Development Assistance, or ‘aid’ to developing countries. Action was needed to boost its impact.

A series of High Level Meetings in Rome, Paris, Accra and ultimately the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan helped improve aid relationships between donors, developing countries and a range of other important development actors, such as civil society and the private sector.

Over the years, the development landscape, both internationally and within countries, has followed wider geopolitical shifts.

Development co-operation between countries and the growing role of business, philanthropic foundations and civil society organisations were increasingly important for development.

Traditional North-South aid was also increasingly complemented by the exchange of knowledge and know-how between developing countries and with other actors.

Yet traditional aid still matters very much to many developing countries.

Whilst making good use of the many lessons learned in making traditional aid more effective, effective development co-operation brings important new actors together under the leadership of developing country governments and includes new forms of development co-operation.

What is the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation?

The Global Partnership helps nations, business and organisations work better together to end poverty.

It brings governments, private companies, civil society and others together to ensure funding, time and knowledge produce maximum impact for development. The Global Partnership can help drive progress and support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

It is a forum for advice, shared accountability and shared learning and experiences to support the implementation of principles that form the foundation of effective development co-operation:

  • ownership by developing countries
  • a focus on results
  • inclusive development partnerships
  • transparency and accountability to one another

The principles were endorsed at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea in 2011.

Joining

Why join the Global Partnership?

Endorsing the Global Partnership means joining 161 countries and 56 organisations that are working together to ensure funding, time and knowledge bring about the maximum impact for development.

Considered to be the ‘how’ of effective development co-operation, the Global Partnership is a constituent-led forum for advice, shared accountability and shared learning to support the implementation of principles that form the foundation of effective development co-operation.

The Global Partnership is led by three high profile Co-Chairs:

  • Goodall Edward Gondwe, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning & Development, Malawi
  • Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
  • Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation, Netherlands

The Steering Committee serves to represent constituents within the wider Global Partnership.

Who can join the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation?

Any government, organisation, business or civil society organisation that endorses the Busan Partnership agreement can join the Global Partnership.

These principles are:

  • ownership by developing countries
  • a focus on results
  • inclusive development partnerships
  • transparency and accountability to one another

See the list of 161 Governments and 56 organisations that have endorsed the Global Partnership.

How can my government / organisation / enterprise join the Global Partnership?

Joining is as simple as letting us know that you endorse the Global Partnership principles.

If you represent a government body, organisation, enterprise or international organisation and would like to join the Global Partnership please contact us at info@effectivecooperation.org.

Impact

What impact does the Global Partnership have?

Nations, organisations and businesses use the Global Partnership principles to boost the impact of development co-operation in developing countries. The Global Partnership offers the right space to discuss policy reforms, share lessons learned and promote good practices to improve the quality of development co-operation around the world.

The Global Partnership is also the place where different development actors hold one another accountable for their respective commitments on effective aid and development co-operation. High-Level meetings and a global monitoring framework help track performance. The first monitoring report was released in April 2014 and the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership took place in Mexico City on 15-16 April 2014.

The second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership will take place in Nairobi on 28 November – 1 December 2016.

Read more about the Global Partnership monitoring process.

Teamworks

What is Teamworks and how can I join?

Teamworks was the Global Partnership’s space for technical documents and e-discussions. These technical documents and e-discussions are now located on the Technical Documents page of this website.

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