Steering Committee Members Endorse Programme and Continue Planning for the Upcoming 2019 Senior-Level Meeting

Hosted by the Government of Uganda, the 17th Steering Committee meeting of the Global Partnership was held on 26-27 March in Kampala, Uganda. Steering Committee members from all over the world, representing diverse constituencies, discussed preparations for the upcoming 2019 Senior-Level Meeting to be held on 13-14 July at United Nations headquarters in New York, in the margins of the 2019 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

In his opening remarks, HE Mr David Bahati, Uganda’s State Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development stressed that ‘effective development co-operation is critical to deliver the African development agenda’. Mr Bahati reaffirmed Africa’s continued engagement in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation.

Steering Committee members underscored the need for the Global Partnership Senior-Level Meeting to drive home the message that effectiveness, in collaboration with the Financing for Development process, is fundamental to achieving the 2030 Agenda. The representative of Bangladesh, one of four Global Partnership Co-Chairs, highlighted that if ‘financing’ is the fuel, ‘effectiveness’ is the car; the destination, is the 2030 Agenda. In other words, SDG implementation and development impact cannot be sustainable if resources are not spent effectively.

To this end, members deliberated on the substantive content, evidence and tools on ‘effectiveness’ that will be showcased at the Senior-Level Meeting. Following a day and a half of in-depth discussions, members agreed on the overall programme, objectives and sessions for the Senior-Level Meeting, and set a plan of action for delivering a successful meeting in July.

The Steering Committee took decisive action on numerous pending issues. Among them was the decision to permanently create a fourth Co-Chair position (previously in a pilot phase) to represent the six non-executive Steering Committee members, elevating the Global Partnership to a key global body in development co-operation with a truly multi-stakeholder leadership.

Furthermore, the results of the Global Partnership’s third monitoring round, which will be captured in a progress report, will underpin the SLM by providing a robust evidence base to guide discussion on where progress has been made and where unfinished business remains.

The Committee also agreed on the key principles for effective private sector engagement in development co-operation, to be launched at the SLM, which aim to make private sector partnerships more effective and geared towards sustainable development outcomes.

The Global Compendium of Good Practices and Knowledge-sharing Platform, alongside initiatives to apply effectiveness in different contexts – including a tailored approach to monitoring effectiveness in fragile and conflict-affected situations as well as South-South Co-operation contexts, will also be shared at the SLM.

In closing, looking forward and beyond the SLM, members actively engaged and discussed the need for an inclusive, engagement process to tap into the development co-operation community and source ‘emerging effectiveness issues’ that will inform the Global Partnership’s work beyond July 2019. More details on this process are forthcoming.

Please find here all relevant background materials and meeting presentations.

Read more about the upcoming Senior-Level Meeting here.

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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.

15th Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Partnership: Strategizing for 2018 and Beyond

On April 21-22, more than 50 delegates from the Global Partnership’s multi-stakeholder governing body gathered in Washington D.C. for the 15th Steering Committee meeting to endorse a strategic plan of action and direction for the Partnership through mid-2019.

Discussing the exciting and dynamic activities undertaken by Global Partnership’s stakeholders, Steering Committee members looked forward to the year ahead with promises to deliver a high-impact Senior Level meeting of the Global Partnership in 2019.  Members agreed on a set of initiatives to drive development impact, including:

The Global Partnership’s Co-Chairs Mr. Abul Maal Muhith, Honourable Finance Minister from Bangladesh, Mr. Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Co-operation and Development of Germany and a representative of the Ugandan Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, led the meeting which discussed the Global Partnership’s key contributions to achieving the ambitious 2030 Agenda.

As the new designated Co-Chair of the Committee, Mr. Barthle noted in his opening statement that, “the Global Partnership ensures that effective development co-operation contributes to the ‘how’ of SDG implementation”.

Participants at this biannual gathering also discussed key updates from implementing the 2017-2018 Programme of Work, including around country-level implementation of the development effectiveness principles, refining the monitoring framework, knowledge-sharing for increased development impact, private sector engagement, and learning from different modalities of development co-operation.

Steering Committee members also discussed ways to better integrate the work of Global Partnership Initiatives and learning from all modalities of development co-operation into the core work of the Partnership.

Participants in attendance included representatives from Aga Khan UK, Bangladesh, Canada, CIPE, CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, El Salvador, European Commission, Germany, International Chamber of Commerce, Inter-Parliamentary Union, ITUC, Japan, Mexico, NEPAD, OECD-Development Assistance Committee, OPEC Fund for International Development, Pacific Islands, Philippines, UCLG, Uganda, UNDG and World Bank. For a full list of participants, click here.

The meeting was held in the margins of the 2018 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group at the Inter-American Development Bank.

A full summary of proceedings can be found here.

To access all 15th Steering Committee background documents, click here.

Delegates from European Commission and El Salvador participate in the Steering Committee meeting