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

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.

Gearing up for HLM2: High-Profile Global Partnership Events in October

In the first week of October, several major effective development co-operation events were organised in the lead-up to the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership. Hosted by the Government of Korea, the 3rd Busan Global Partnership Forum and the Learning and Accelerating Programme took place in Korea on 6-7 October and 4-5 October. Following the Busan Forum on 8 October, the 11th Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Partnership was held in Seoul, Korea for consultations on the renewed Global Partnership mandate and the Nairobi Outcome Document.

At the 11th Steering Committee Meeting, participants considered the elements of a renewed Global Partnership mandate and reviewed contributions from multiple stakeholders on the draft Nairobi Outcome Document. Building on outcomes from the Busan Global Partnership Forum and other recent events related to preparation of HLM2, the discussion centred around the remaining steps necessary to finalise the Nairobi Outcome Document and its endorsement at the HLM2. Participants also reviewed the leaving no one behind proposal as a fifth principle of the Global Partnership and discussed preliminary findings from the 2016 Progress Report, based on results of the 2016 Monitoring Round.

Against the backdrop of implementing the 2030 Agenda, the 3rd Busan Global Partnership Forum and Learning and Accelerating Programme brought together development stakeholders from around the world to review, assess and improve the implementation of the Busan commitments at country, regional and international levels. As an inclusive platform for multi-stakeholder engagement in development co-operation, the Forum and the Learning and Accelerating Programme contributed valuable inputs to HLM2, which is now less than seven weeks away.

For more information about the 11th Steering Committee Meeting, please click here.

For more information about the 3rd Busan Global Partnership Forum and the Learning and Accelerating Program, please click here. 

To find out more about the HLM2 (Nairobi, 28 November-1 December), visit our HLM2 page here.

Engage with the draft Nairobi Outcome Document by providing written commentary (more information here) or contributing to our online global consultation here.