Hot Off the Press: Global Partnership Releases Fresh Evidence on Effectiveness

Following the data collection and validation process for the third biennial monitoring round of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, the first and second part of the 2019 Progress Report is now available!

Two parts of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation 2019 Progress Report are being released sequentially in advance of the Senior-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership, which will take place on 13-14 July 2019, in the margins of the 2019 United Nations High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF).

Parts I and II provide analysis and findings with respect to delivering against internationally-agreed effectiveness commitments. This first Part, now released, looks at how partner countries are putting in place the building blocks for effective partnerships. The second Part assesses how development partners are supporting country-led efforts for sustainable development.

The full report will be published in late 2019, and will include a concluding Part III informed by the discussions at the Senior-Level Meeting. This final part will reflect views of Global Partnership stakeholders to the evidence presented in Parts I and II, as well as key messages to further shape the future of the monitoring exercise and effectiveness efforts.

The 2019 Progress Report presents results and analysis from the 2018 Monitoring Round, which was led by a record 86 partner countries and territories, in collaboration with more than 100 development partners, and hundreds of civil society organisations, private sector representatives, foundations, trade unions, parliamentarians and local governments.

More than 3,300 projects and programmes, amounting to USD 64.7 billion, that were reported in the 2018 Monitoring Round are captured in the 2019 Progress Report. In addition, USD 58.8 billion in development co-operation funding disbursed as grants and loans by development partners is assessed, including USD 37.8 billion disbursed directly to the public sector in the 86 participating countries. 

To read Part I and II, click here.

For headline messages from Part I and II, click here.


Reinvigorating Effectiveness for the 2030 Agenda: Gearing Up for a 2019 Senior-Level Meeting

On 11-12 September, over 190 governments and development partners from 80+ countries gathered in Paris for a Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) event entitled Reinvigorating Effectiveness for the 2030 Agenda.

Alex Thier, Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute, kickstarted the event, with representatives from governments, civil society, the private sector, trade unions, think tanks, parliaments and more, with a keynote address asserting that – in the SDG era – “the effectiveness agenda is more important than ever”.

Noel Gonzalez, Director-General for Planning from the Mexican International Development Cooperation Ministry saw the meeting, and the GPEDC as a whole, as “an opportunity for the development community to learn from each other, inspire each other and see how we can fulfill our global responsibility together”. Janet Longmore, CEO of the Digital Opportunity Trust, meanwhile, reflecting after the event, described the critical role of the private sector in extending “local purpose and responsibility from ‘down-the-street’ to a global perspective within the SDG framework”.

By the end of the two-day workshop, three key messages came out of the discussions:

1. Effectiveness is and should be instilled in national policies and practices.

 There was a clear consensus that while the SDGs capture the international community’s global commitment and ambition, they will be achieved at country level – through collective efforts under national leadership.

At the meeting, representatives from over 50 partner countries presented clear examples of how, with the third monitoring round on-going, they are forging ahead with effectiveness at country level, instilling the effectiveness principles into national policies and practices. Rwanda shared how they use the Global Partnership monitoring exercise to strengthen national coordination mechanisms and hold inclusive dialogue on development co-operation. Cambodia demonstrated how they have institutionalized global monitoring indicators into national systems to capture and track all development resources in the country, while Costa Rica spoke about its new national development strategy that will provide a framework for effective development partnerships.

2. The effectiveness agenda must adapt to different contexts and types of co-operation.

With an increasingly challenging political climate for multilateralism and effectiveness, to stay relevant and ensure maximum impact, the agenda has to adapt. This includes exploring new financing modalities beyond traditional approaches, including South-South Co-operation and private sector engagement, and refining monitoring efforts to be increasingly relevant in fragile and conflict-affected situations, as well as middle-income contexts.

3. The GPEDC’s comparative advantage stems from its multi-stakeholder nature, and lessons learnt from the country level.

Participants emphasized that the greatest strength of the GPEDC is its ability to bring all actors together on equal footing and ‘under one tent’. As one participant put it, “the GPEDC is part of the ‘magic triangle’ of development”: on the one side the common objectives embodied by the SDGs – the “what” we want to achieve: on another, the financing required for development – “how we will fund our efforts”; and the third: the effectiveness of development co-operation – “how we will work together” to achieve the greatest impact. Participants agreed that the GPEDC is a critical vehicle for advancing and supporting the implementation of political commitments for more effective development co-operation.

The Paris event has helped set the course for the GPEDC’s upcoming Senior-Level Meeting in July 2019, set to take place in the margins of the 2019 High-Level Political Forum.

Read the detailed session summaries or the overall summary. You can also access all other event-related materials here.