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

A Network of ‘Think Tanks’: Achieving Effective Development Co-operation at the Local Level

On March 19-20, 30 Global Partnership Initiative (GPI) representatives gathered in Bonn, Germany to renew and strengthen their engagement with the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation’s (GPEDC) in support of multi-stakeholder co-operation towards country-level implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The GPIs directly contribute to two of the core functions of the GPEDC: they offer catalytic support to the implementation of the Busan commitments at country level, and they are a mechanism for exchanging knowledge and lessons learned on implementation of the development effectiveness principles.

These voluntary initiatives are led by different types of development actors (e.g. national governments, international organisations, civil society organisations, the private sector). As the ‘think tanks’ of the GPEDC, GPIs are a vibrant, substantive community of 27 partnerships working on 9 diverse areas – from tax capacity to resource mobilization – issues either closely linked to the GPEDC or contributing to specific areas of development effectiveness. The workshop encouraged each GPI to share its role as a true agent for implementation, sharing policy-relevant lessons and discussing innovative partnership models.

GPIs and development partners represented at the workshop included Advancing the CSO Enabling Environment and CSO Development Effectiveness, Civil Society Continuing Campaign for Effective Development, Promoting Effective Triangular Co-operation, Effective Institutions Platform, Future International Co-operation Policy Network, International Aid Transparency Initiative, Joint Programming on Managing Diversity and Reducing Fragmentation, New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, Results & Mutual Accountability, Study of Donor Support in Large Scale Refugee and IDP Movements, Strengthening Comparable Tax Statistical Indicator, and Support to Tax Inspectors Without Borders.

Representatives from organisations – AMEXCID, NEPAD Agency, European Commission, German Development Institute (GDI), OECD, UNDP – and the Global Partnership’s Steering Committee –  Germany, Mexico, El Salvador, Canada, were also present.

In her opening remarks, H.E. Mrs. Florence Eugenia, Ambassador of El Salvador to Germany quoted Benjamin Franklin saying “we must, indeed, all hand together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately”, re-iterating the need to work together towards sustainable development especially by tracking and achieving progress in the four development co-operation principles.

Ms. Jacqueline Wood of the GPI Civil Society Task Team also mentioned that the GPIs are key to the “how” of achieving the SDGs as they are a network of networks working closely at the local level to implement principles of effective co-operation.

Another participant, Willem Fourie from the South Africa Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub, called for more face-to-face engagements such as that provided by this workshop. He also said that evidence-based policy making is founded not only on these strong relations, but also access to and use of high-quality evidence, for example that provided by GPEDC’s monitoring process. “You can’t have results if you don’t have local data. You can’t have mutual accountability if you can’t have access to open data.” Through GPI networks and resources, GPEDC has the opportunity to go “global light, country heavy” – in other words supporting country-led, on-the-ground co-operation towards achieving the SDGs.

The workshop was held in the margins of the Global Festival of Action which gathered 1,000+ delegates from all walks of life including students, practitioners, organisations and companies – a true multi-stakeholder forum. GPI delegates from Results & Accountability, CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, Tax Inspectors Without Borders, New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States and Effective Triangular Co-operation presented their initiatives at the Festival.

To access the full list of GPIs supporting the Global Partnership, click here.

Watch full coverage of the GPI session at the Global Festival of Action here.

For GPI projects and updates, read our GPI bi-annual call for reporting summary here.

Business & Development Actors Partnering to Reach the SDGs Together – Insights from Global Partnership Bangladesh Workshop

Realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 requires resources from all actors – public and private, domestic and international. A Technical Workshop on Private Sector Engagement (PSE) explored how the government, businesses, civil society and the development community can work together in practical ways to create “shared value” for business profit and development impact.

Embracing this shift-change in development co-operation, participants agreed on how different partners can align their interests and foster trust to use development co-operation in innovative ways to work with the private sector and scale up much-needed solutions to Bangladesh’s development challenges.

The workshop was held as a first in a series of country-level consultations in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 4-5 February 2018, hosted by the Ministry of Finance, together with the ICC Bangladesh, with support of the Government of Germany and under the aegis of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC).

A case study based on a mapping of over 240 private sector engagement projects in Bangladesh with development co-operation support – focused on finance, agriculture, manufacturing and energy – served as background for the discussions. Policy recommendations on effective private sector engagement focused on engaging the business and development community in more inclusive, government-led policy dialogue, and more structured knowledge sharing and learning to align interests, strengthen trust and build capacity around a range of specific national priorities. Emphasis was placed on generating greater poverty impact of PSE through development co-operation, with a focus on supporting micro-, small- and medium-enterprises, greater transparency and accountability as well as a focus on data, results and impact, social dialogue, climate change, and gender equality.

The Global Partnership 2017-2018 Work Programme aims to guide the development community on how to adapt policies and approaches to engage the business sector on the SDGs. It works towards mutually agreed guidelines for effective private sector engagement through development co-operation.

The event was attended by around 60 representatives from the Government of Bangladesh, many development partners, small and medium enterprises, large domestic and transnational firms, business associations, civil society organizations, trade unions, parliamentarians, foundations, and research and development institutes. It encouraged greater peer learning on effective PSE through development co-operation with participating neighbouring countries India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Similar case study reports are being carried out in Egypt, El Salvador and Uganda in 2018 to generate mutually agreed global guidelines for effective private sector engagement through development co-operation.

For more information on the Technical Workshop, please click here.

To read more about the GPEDC’s Private Sector work please see here.