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 to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation’s (GPEDC) mandate on 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 present at the workshop included Advancing the CSO Enabling Environment and CSO Development Effectiveness, Effective Triangular Co-operation, Effective Institutions Platform, Future International Co-operation Policy Network, International Aid Transparency Initiative, Managing Diversity and Reducing Fragmentation, New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, Results & Accountability, and Support to Tax Inspectors Without Borders.

Representatives from organisations – AMEXCID, NEPAD Agency, European Commission, 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 the effective co-operation mandate.

Willem Fourie from the South Africa Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub, a new GPI, called for a need to increase 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.

Click here to access the full list of GPIs supporting the Global Partnership mandate.

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.





HLM2 Side Events and Marketplace Exhibitions’ Deadline Extended

As host of the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, the Government of Kenya is inviting applications for side events and market place stalls for HLM2 (Nairobi, Kenya / 28th November – 1st December 2016). At the margins of main plenary sessions, the HLM2 side events will enable interactive multi-stakeholder dialogue on improving the effectiveness of development co-operation, and the HLM2 Market Place will provide space to showcase relevant programs, products and services, and share knowledge products on good practices and lessons learned in implementing effective development co-operation principles at national, regional and global levels.

Proposals should address one or more of the development effectiveness principles, issues related to one or more of the seven plenary sessions,  progress with country-level implementation or a Global Partnership Initiative.

Due to the limited number of side events and market place stalls at HLM2, interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit applications / proposals as soon as possible.

Once the call for applications has been closed, all applicants will be informed of the result of their application and selected candidates will be contacted to discuss further logistical and substantive information about their side event or market place exhibition.

To apply for Side Events, download and complete the Guidelines for Side Event Proposals and the Side Event Application Form and send to hlm2sidevents@gmail.com by 30 September 2016.

To apply for Market Place Exhibitions, download and complete the Guidelines for Market Place/Exhibitions and the Market Place Application Form and send to hlm2mktplace@gmail.com by 30 September 2016.

For more information about effective development co-operation principles, please click here.

For additional queries, please contact info@effectivecooperation.org.