As we embrace the diversity that underpins our partnership and the catalytic role of development co-operation, we share common principles which, consistent with our agreed international commitments on human rights, decent work, gender equality, environmental sustainability and disability, form the foundation of our co-operation for effective development.

– Busan Partnership Agreement, 2011

The work of the Global Partnership is based on the four shared principles of effective development co-operation. These principles were agreed in 2011 by more than 160 countries and 50+ organisations in the Busan Partnership Agreement, the outcome the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (Busan, South Korea).

Ownership of development priorities by developing countries

Partnerships for development can only succeed if they are led by developing countries, implementing approaches that are tailored to country-specific situations and needs.

Focus on results

Development efforts must have a lasting impact on eradicating poverty and reducing inequality, and on enhancing developing countries’ capacities, aligned with their own priorities.

Inclusive development partnerships

Openness, trust, mutual respect and learning lie at the core of effective partnerships, recognising the different and complementary roles of all actors.

Transparency and accountability to each other

Mutual accountability and accountability to the intended beneficiaries of development co-operation, as well as to respective citizens, organisations, constituents and shareholders, is critical to delivering results. Transparent practices form the basis for enhanced accountability.