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.

Voices from the Asia-Pacific: Regional Perspectives on leveraging finance for Achievement of the SDGs

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangkok Regional Hub and the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF) held a two-day meeting on 26-27 October ahead of the upcoming Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation which will take place in Nairobi, 28 November – 1 December.

With Agenda 2030 and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) agreed, and in response to demand from countries in the region to link finance flows with national development results, the regional consultation provided an opportunity for over 100 government delegates from 25 countries plus development partners and civil society representatives to discuss key messages to bring to the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership (HLM2).

“Domestic sources of finance are emerging as a key driving force for sustainable development in Asia-Pacific,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific. “These new sources of finance allow us to expand the existing development co-operation and partnership.”

With many countries in the region establishing Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs) to guide integrated management of finance flows, there is much to be done at country level to localise the Action Agenda to align with existing country systems and results frameworks, as well as to consider how monitoring / review of the Action Agenda can be aligned with existing national and international monitoring frameworks, including for the Global Partnership and SDGs.


Participants also shared experiences and offered feedback on the Global Partnership’s refined monitoring framework and country level processes. A representative from the Kenyan government also engaged participants on the HLM2 agenda and Outcome Document.

Discussions at the workshop led to key messages from the region on the role of development co-operation and how the Global Partnership can support linking finance with results at country level. Countries detailed what the Global Partnership can do to help all partners “walk the talk” when it comes to accountable and results-oriented partnerships at country level.

Continuing this week, the pre-HLM2 workshop in the Pacific is underway on 1 – 3 November.

In Nairobi, AP-DEF will be launching the 2016 Regional Report: Achieving the SDGs in the Era of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda: Progress on integrated national financing frameworks in the Asia-Pacific region which will detail experiences from the region on development financing.


Follow @APDEFplatform for updates on how the region’s narrative will be feeding into HLM2.

More information on the Conference could be found here.  

Click here to read the new publication from AP-DEF on the role of Development Finance Assessments in Achieving the SDGs in the Era of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

To find out more about the HLM2 Agenda, logistical information and the Online Global Consultations, please click here.

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At the Crossroads of Financing for Development and Agenda 2030: Experience from the Asia-Pacific Region

What is the role of Effective Development Co-operation in financing results at country level?

Now that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) are underway, countries are acting to link finance flows with national development results. At the same time, many actors in the international community are reflecting on how their role in development should evolve.

There is strong consensus about countries as the primary drivers of their own development, with international public finance playing an important supportive role. For countries taking a more holistic, strategic approach to managing financing through an integrated national financing framework (INFF) called for by the AAAA, it is timely to ask what implications this has for development co-operation.

According to countries in the region, to understand the effectiveness of development co-operation at the country level, it is important to understand the extent to which it is achieving these roles:

Gap filling

  • Finance – targeting needs
  • Knowledge – technical co-operation, capacity development

Leveraging other flows to achieve results

  • Private investments – blended finance, private sector development
  • Other official finance – domestic resource mobilisation, triangular co-operation

Institutional development

  • Technical cooperation – support for establishing an integrated national financing framework
  • Use of INFF systems – strengthening institutions by using their processes

Monitoring development effectiveness

Now in its second round, the Global Partnership’s monitoring framework tracks progress in implementing four principles of effective development co-operation: ownership, focus on results, inclusive partnerships and transparency and accountability.

The framework focuses on the effectiveness of the systems, processes and co-operation rather than the direct outcomes of those systems. As such, a number of its indicators capture information that is relevant to the concept of integrated national financing frameworks, and understanding the extent to which development co-operation works effectively in engaging with countries’ financing systems.

An INFF foundational principal emphasizes aligning development actors around a core, common set of results in order to increase effectiveness in realizing those results in practice.

Indicator 1 of the GPEDC monitoring framework tracks the extent to which development co-operation providers use the results frameworks of the countries they are working in. The measures within this indicator give insights into alignment between development co-operation and the results articulated through countries’ existing results frameworks.

The results from the 26 Asia-Pacific countries that participated in the survey highlight the extent to which donors align their programming to countries’ existing financing frameworks. The results show that core aspects of many projects are aligned to national systems, although there is still much room for improvement.

How does this feed into the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2)?

Going into greater detail of realities on the ground, the 2016 AP-DEF Regional Report: Achieving the SDGs in the Era of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda – Progress on integrated national financing frameworks in the Asia-Pacific region, to be released ahead of HLM2, will delve deeper into the building blocks of the INFF and what is means at country level for governments and partners to link finance with results for the achievement of the SDGs.

The Asia-Pacific consultation “Linking Development Finance with Results: Achieving the SDGs in the Asia-Pacific Region – Consultation for the 2nd High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation” 26-27 October in Bangkok, Thailand will tackle this topic and more.

Follow @APDEFplatorm for updates on key messages from the Asia-Pacific region to the GPEDC.