Paving the way for the SDGs – Highlights from the Busan Global Partnership Forum

The Fourth Busan Global Partnership Forum was convened by the Republic of Korea on 21-22 November 2017, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation. The Forum provides a valuable vehicle for policymakers and development practitioners to review progress made since 2011 and discuss how the Global Partnership can concretely support achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

Over 130 practitioners from 35 countries were in attendance in Busan, where they discussed the Global Partnership’s renewed mandate and linkages to the 2030 Agenda. Key messages from the 2017 Busan Global Partnership Forum include:

Translating commitments into country-level action. There is a shared understanding that decisions and commitments made at the global level, including the Nairobi Outcome Document, need to translate into practical action by all stakeholders at the country level, ensuring effective use of resources in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Against the backdrop of the evolving development co-operation landscape, effective development co-operation remains crucial in supporting implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Participants reiterated their commitment to the effectiveness principles, and highlighted the need to reinvigorate political momentum for effective development co-operation; strengthen operationalisation of the principles at the country level; and intensify engagement with non-traditional actors to facilitate learning and sharing of knowledge, in order to scale up the impact of development co-operation in the context of the SDGs.

Participants welcomed efforts made to strengthen the Global Partnership’s monitoring framework and improve its relevance for the SDGs follow-up and review. This will require a heightened focus on outcomes, building on complementary sources to gather qualitative and contextual information.

Global Partnership Initiatives play a key role in facilitating effective development co-operation, including at the country level. Participants urged the Global Partnership to make better use of the evidence generated by GPIs and better facilitate the sharing of this knowledge.

The private sector plays a crucial role in implementing the 2030 Agenda. Participants called for the examination of conditions under which private sector engagement can be leveraged through development co-operation to deliver shared value for both those most in need and the private sector.

Participants also stressed the need to promote high-level political support and strengthen linkages with UN institutions and processes, including providing inputs on effectiveness to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, Financing for Development follow-up, and ensuring complementarity with the UN Development Cooperation Forum.

Going forward, the Global Partnership will intensify communication with all stakeholders and continue to explore meaningful ways to engage the variety of partners, including Southern partners and private sector, to deepen mutual learning and promote effective and complementary contributions to the 2030 Agenda.

Read the outcome report of the 2017 Busan Global Partnership Forum.

Global Partnership reviews progress on efforts to improve development co-operation

The Global Partnership’s Steering Committee met for the 14th time last week in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

It reviewed progress on implementing the Global Partnership’s 2017-2018 Strategic Work Programme – a plan for implementing last year’s Nairobi Outcome Document – for the first time since it was agreed in April, 2017.

Discussions took place in the context of the urgent need to implement the internationally-agreed principles of effective development co-operation, in support of achieving the 2030 Agenda. Global Partnership Co-Chair and Bangladeshi Minister of Finance Abul Maal A Muhith captured this spirit in his opening remarks, saying, ‘To attain the SDGs, it is absolutely important to champion our principles’.

The meeting produced a number of specific conclusions (a full summary is forthcoming in mid-November) including:

  • Creating political momentum remains essential: The Global Partnership should continue to generate international political momentum around the internationally-agreed principles of effective development co-operation, building on efforts by the Co-Chairs, Steering Committee and other Global Partnership stakeholders at the UN forums on Financing for Development and SDG follow up and review. The Committee discussed opportunities for a major meeting to review upcoming evidence from the Global Partnership’s third round of monitoring, and generate policy commitments.
  • Inclusiveness is at the heart of the Global Partnership: The Committee discussed further actions to make the Global Partnership even more inclusive. These included plans for: specialised dialogues with emerging providers of co-operation; an engagement platform to learn from their perspectives; further involvement of the private sector by creation of a caucus of business leaders; and a Global Partnership platform for sharing knowledge.
  • We will continue to focus on impact: country-level impact was a central theme of discussion across work streams. The Committee discussed country pilots to advance country-level impact, and plans to further engage Global Partnership Initiatives (GPIs) informed wider discussion.

Press coverage

The Steering Committee meeting attracted media coverage, including in Financial express, BSS News, Daily Sun, The Independent BD, BD News 24, News Today, The Finance Today, Ruposhi Bangla News and BTV & BTV World; and on social media.

Related documents

Summary of the 14th Steering Committee Meeting


Concept Note Working Group 1: Country level implementation

Concept Note Working Group 2: Unlocking the potential of effectiveness

Concept Note Working Group 3: Knowledge-sharing

Concept Note Working Group 4: Private sector engagement

Concept Note “Global Partnership Monitoring Framework for 2030”

Proposal for the 4th Non-Executive Co-Chair

Calendar of International Events

List of Global Partnership Initiatives

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.