Stakeholders Embrace Country-Level Frameworks & Resilient Partnerships: 2018 UN High-Level Political Forum

Today, in the margins of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, the governments of Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea co-hosted a Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation side event on Enhancing the global partnership for sustainable development: Country-level frameworks for resilient, multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Attended by over 100 participants, the event brought together stakeholders from various circles including government, civil society, the private sector, academia and UN agencies to discuss good practices and progress on institutionalising multi-stakeholder frameworks at the country level to increase the effectiveness of co-operation and support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In today’s evolving international landscape, development challenges are increasingly complex, persistent and interlinked. As such, achieving sustainable development for everyone, everywhere, calls for strong, equal partnerships between all stakeholders. Participation of civil society organisations, the private sector and other local development partners in all phases of development policy-making, planning and implementation helps ensure that resources are used effectively, capitalising on the comparative advantage of every stakeholder group and sharing resources, technology and knowledge.

However, the state of play from the last round of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) shows that many countries face challenges in consolidating effective multi-stakeholder engagement, particularly facilitating meaningful stakeholder participation and maintaining collaborative relationships. The GPEDC’s monitoring framework, which measures country-level progress in this domain, also underscores similar challenges.

In his opening remarks, H.E. Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN, emphasized that one of GPEDC’s unique features is its multi-stakeholder platform, calling the national-level monitoring framework “a demonstration of how stakeholders and partners engage in development co-operation in the era of SDGs by measuring their development impact at the national level.” Bangladesh’s Minister of Finance, H.E. Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, also recognised that to leave no one behind and meet global promises by 2030, we need to effectively engage all relevant stakeholders in development policy- making, planning and implementation, much like Bangladesh’s own local consultative processes and spaces for open dialogue and coordinated policies.

The side event generated evidence-based dialogue, with a wide array of panelists presenting including Ministers from the Dominican Republic and Egypt, representatives from the government of Honduras, civil society (CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness), private sector (Center for International Private Enterprise), and multi-lateral institutions (World Bank). The discussions led an honest debate around how country-level, multi-stakeholder partnerships can help implement the SDGs and how they might be reflected in VNRs.

Joining 46 other countries who have reported to this year’s VNR process and having also participated in the GPEDC’s 2016 monitoring round, Egypt spoke to the importance of aligning development partners’ programmes with country frameworks and national priorities. Dominican Republic also appreciated the GPEDC’s monitoring process in that it allows for countries and development partners to thoroughly assess their yearly progress in effective development co-operation. Honduras also announced its ongoing plans to participate in the GPEDC’s 2018 monitoring round.

During the event, practitioners from civil society, banks and private sector embraced multi-actor partnerships. Ms. Jaehyang So, a representative from the World Bank, stressed that sharing country best practices, like GPEDC aims to do with the Global Compendium and Knowledge-Sharing Platform, is important in identifying opportunities for collaboration. Additionally, Dr. Kim Bettcher, representing the private sector, mentioned that more progress can be made with promising initiatives, such as the GPEDC’s business leader caucus, and potential SDG funding opportunities amounting to around US $12 trillion.

In a recent blog, H.E. Ms. Hyunjoo Oh, Director-General of International Co-operation of the Republic of South Korea, supported such events, calling them ‘inclusive, unique and evidence-based’ as they explore context-specific opportunities for successful development partnerships – the key to achieving the global goals for everyone, everywhere.

For more information on the event, click here.

To read a summary of the event, click here.

 

 

At Home & Abroad: Korea’s Ongoing Support for Effective Development Co-operation

We are united by a new partnership that is broader and more inclusive than ever before’ Busan Outcome Document

Busan, Republic of Korea (RoK), the country’s second largest metropolis and home to over 3.5 million people, is also the birthplace of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC).

Endorsed by more than 160 governments and 50 organisations, the principles listed in Busan Outcome Document of the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in 2011 – country ownership, a focus on results, inclusive partnerships, and transparency and accountability to each other – form the foundation for effective development co-operation.

As the Director-General of International Co-operation, I can say with confidence that Korea has stayed true to these commitments, both at home and abroad, including through its role as host of the annual Busan Global Partnership Forum and Learning and Accelerating Programmes. These fora are inclusive, unique and evidence-based events which bring together policy makers and practitioners to share country experiences and explore the enabling factors and context-specific challenges for successful development partnerships. With plans to host another Learning and Acceleration Programme in late 2018, Korea continues to place itself as a key knowledge-sharing partner for more effective development co-operation.

Beyond knowledge-sharing, RoK, as a development partner, also takes part in the GPEDC’s monitoring exercise, a country-led process that monitors partner countries’ and development partners’ progress in achieving the aforementioned principles. We have made significant efforts to increase medium-term predictability of development co-operation. RoK has reported on a number of areas, including in-year and mid-term predictability of aid on budget, use of country Public Financial Management (PFM) and procurement systems, and untying of aid.

RoK’s remarks at the recent GPEDC side event in the margins of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum reinforced Korea’s commitments for 2030 and beyond. To achieve the 2030 agenda, it’s critical that Korea, as well as other development partners, strengthen linkages between global processes and country-level implementation, at both political and operational levels, and engage with diverse development actors, including the private sector and civil society, to leverage their innovative capacities and resources.

At home, the country continues to see multi-stakeholder partnership models as key to achieving the global goals. In 2016, it conducted a Voluntary National Review (VNR) of its progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals entitled, ‘From a Model of Development Success to a Vision for Sustainable Development’. We analysed Korea’s enabling environments, prospects, challenges and opportunities for achieving the goals, including through the lens of effective co-operation.

My country’s continuous commitments, within and abroad, to promote effective development co-operation is applaudable and continues to grow. Through helping foster local and global partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals, we will continue to lend our support towards generating development impact, and ultimately, leaving no one behind.

Financing the SDGs is everyone’s business: Experiences from Asia-Pacific

Many countries have a growing and increasingly diverse portfolio of financing that can contribute to achievement of development results – though the makeup of these resources is significantly different between countries. Rapid growth in domestic public and private finance is driving resources availability across the Asia-Pacific region, yet the mix at play in a given country varies widely, with different types of resources better able to achieve particular sustainable development results.

But it’s not just government’s business to think about strengthening enabling environments for increased domestic resource mobilization and quality private investment. It is everyone’s business – it’s for all stakeholders to think about integrated approaches to financing the 2030 Agenda.

The key message from the 2016 Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF) consultations was clear: countries want to ensure that financing doesn’t just increase, but becomes more effective through country ownership and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

In response, at the 2017 2nd Annual Regional Knowledge Exchange on the Sustainable Development Goals, countries in the Asia-Pacific region shared experiences on strengthening integrated national financing frameworks and financing innovations at country level.  A few main takeaways emerged:

  • Country-level actions and reforms are and will be the driver for financing development toward 2030. It is well recognized that there is strong collective commitment on Agenda 2030 and Financing for Development at the global level. At the country level, innovations are taking place, producing lessons that could be useful across regions and contexts. The connection between the global and country level agendas could be further strengthened to prevent countries having to reinvent the wheel and to bring these lessons to global dialogue.
  • Financing for development in the region goes beyond ODA. However, in some contexts, ODA still provides important volumes of financing which is crucial to poverty reduction efforts and can also play a catalytic role. It was agreed that the development effectiveness principles of ownership, a focus on results, inclusive partnerships and transparency and accountability have indeed demonstrated their relevance for development finance, beyond ODA.
  • The private sector is not merely a funding source, but a key partner without which the SDGs will not be achieved. The private sector has their own initiatives and comparative advantages to address development challenges. Given this, there is huge demand for dialogue at the nexus of the public and private sector silos to strengthen alignment and integrated solutions for development results.

As we embark on 2018, partners in the Asia-Pacific region are using ongoing analysis and these regional  discussions as a basis for action, including through:

  • Country-level dialogue designed to make financing SDGs everyone’s business: AP-DEF is building on experiences with UNDP’s Development Finance Assessment to bring together key policymakers in an evidence-based discussion about how to address the most pressing challenges and opportunities for financing the SDGs across public and private actors;
  • South-South sharing initiatives: To support countries in learning from emerging financing innovations, regional platforms like AP-DEF can facilitate exchange on priorities identified at the consultations, such as measuring private sector impact for the SDGs, harnessing remittances for results, social/green impact investment and Islamic finance opportunities;
  • Synthesizing lessons learned and feeding into global dialogue: Funnelling evidence from country examples that utilize an integrated approach to financing and consider how countries are reshaping their thinking about financing the SDGs into international for such as FFD, HLPF and the GPEDC. 

 

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Links:

Follow the ongoing Financing SDGs work of the AP-DEF Secretariat at UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub at @apdefplatform @emilyraedavis

More on Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF) here

More on the 2017 SDG Regional Knowledge Exchange here, including presentations and photos

 

The 2017 2nd Annual Regional Knowledge Exchange on the Sustainable Development Goals and AP-DEF consultations were generously supported by the European Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia and the Asian Development Bank.

Inputs of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Regional Knowledge Exchange to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation are available here.