Public Private Engagement in the Global Partnership: Fit for Partnering?

The untapped potential of public-private engagement for development presents a need to develop innovative modalities for effective development partnerships. Recognising this need, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation hosted, “Public Private Engagement in the GPEDC: Fit for Partnering?” at the European Development Days in Brussels on 7 June 2017. The session presented key outcomes from the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership in Nairobi. A multi-stakeholder panel discussed incentives for the private sector to engage in partnerships with other development actors such as governments, civil society and academia, among other important questions.

The session was jointly organised by the Global Partnership, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Co-operation and Development, DEVCO.

Read the summary of the session here.

Bangladesh and Canada host Global Partnership side event at 2017 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Watch the event recording here. Read a summary report of the side event here.

The Importance of Country-Level Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in a Changing Development Landscape:
Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation Side Event at the 2017 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

 Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Japan Society, Murase Room
333 E. 47th St. (in between 1st and 2nd Ave.), New York
Light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by the governments of Bangladesh and Canada under the auspices of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, and drawing on the experience of countries in establishing and operationalising country-level, multi-stakeholder partnership platforms, the event will provide a space to reflect on the critical importance of a multi-stakeholder approach to development. Specifically, the event will encourage dialogue around the opportunities and challenges of using multi-stakeholder platforms at the country level, inviting a range of development actors to share their experiences in this area.

The objectives of this side event are to:

  • Demonstrate the impact of multi-stakeholder partnerships at the country, regional and international levels for effective development co-operation and achievement of the SDGs;
  • Share concrete examples of challenges, solutions and lessons learned at country level in using multi-stakeholder partnerships for development; and
  • Discuss how country-level platforms for multi-stakeholder dialogue can play an instrumental role in strengthening partnerships for development at the country level.

The event will feature initial remarks by panelists from governments, civil society and the private sector, followed by interactive discussion with attendees. Speakers include:

  • Mr. Joshua Mugodo, Director, Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya
  • Mr. Kazi Shofiqul Azam, Permanent Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance,
    Government of Bangladesh
  • Amb. Michael Grant, Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations
  • Ms. Tara Nathan, Executive Vice President of Public-Private Partnerships at MasterCard
  • Ms. Patricia Blankson Akakpo, Programme Manager NETRIGHT Ghana and Co-Chair of the CSO Partnership
    for Development Effectiveness
  • Moderator: Mr. Michael O’Neill, Assistant Secretary General and Director, UNDP Bureau of External
    Relations and Advocacy

Please click here to download the side event flyer for additional information.





The Global Partnership’s new work programme – A message from the Co-Chairs

As Co-Chairs of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (the Global Partnership), we are glad to build on the excellent work of our predecessors. The participants of the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership are committed to effective development co-operation as a means to achieve the universal and interrelated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This commitment is laid down in the Nairobi Outcome Document.

The aspirations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development require that the donor-recipient relationships of the past be replaced by approaches that view all development stakeholders as equal and interdependent partners in development. Inclusive partnerships are key in realising the SDGs, with Goal 17 clearly stating the vital role of partnerships in mobilising development resources to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, especially in developing countries.

In addition to the question of resources, implementation of the 2030 Agenda also calls for collective efforts to improve the quality of our co-operation. In this context, the Global Partnership offers a unique, multi-stakeholder platform to support effective and inclusive co-operation on the ground. Since it was founded, the Global Partnership has brought together a great variety of development partners in and outside governments, including civil society, foundations, academia and the private sector, for open and fruitful dialogue. It has held two successful high-level meetings in Mexico City and Nairobi, and it has produced two Global Monitoring Reports tracking progress on enhancing the quality of development partnerships at country level.

In light of our shared commitment to effective development co-operation, the Steering Committee has agreed on a two-year work programme. This programme was adopted at the 13th Steering Committee Meeting in Washington, D.C. last month. Based on the Nairobi Outcome Document, the programme sets out strategic priorities and related activities for 2017 and 2018:

Enhancing support to effective development at country level: Supporting countries in mainstreaming effectiveness principles and ensuring that country-led evidence informs policy debates on all levels. This includes multi-stakeholder dialogues at country level in order to share good practices and lessons learned.

Focus on evidence and monitoring: Knowing that in order to make progress we will need evidence that encourages accountability, the Global Partnership will update its monitoring framework so as to reflect the challenges inherent in the 2030 Agenda and include diverse development actors. This also implies a revision of monitoring indicators in order to make them applicable for the SDGs.

Sharing knowledge: Scaling up innovative development solutions at a faster pace, driven by champion countries, partners and non-state actors, to serve as a ‘go-to’ platform for knowledge exchange, good practice and peer-to-peer learning.

Scaling up private sector engagement leveraged through development co-operation: The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) has shown that development cannot be financed exclusively through Official Development Assistance (ODA) – we need more sources of development financing and more stakeholders who are committed to sustainable development. One way of achieving this is by attracting inclusive business investments that generate shared benefit for business strategies and development goals, and by helping development partners adapt their practices and instruments to ensure transparency and accountability.

Learning from different modalities of development co-operation: Enhancing exchanges between North-South, South-South and triangular co-operation partners, gathering together options to scale up impact and learn from each other.

It is an ambitious work programme but one that is strategically designed for the equally ambitious tasks ahead. We invite everyone to join us in realising its implementation.

[Editor’s note: read the Global Partnership’s 2017-2018 work programme in English, French and Spanish.]
Abul Maal A Muhith, Honourable Finance Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany and Matia Kasaija, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of Uganda are the Co-Chairs of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation.