Steering Committee Kicks Off Preparations for the 2019 Senior-Level Meeting

On 30 November, the Global Partnership’s multi-stakeholder Steering Committee met in New York to assess progress in implementing the GPEDC’s 2017-2018 programme of work and to kick-off substantive preparations for the upcoming Senior-Level Meeting (SLM) in July 2019, scheduled in the margins of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF).

At this 16th meeting of the Steering Committee, members agreed on a shared vision for a SLM that will highlight the critical value of effectiveness, and the relevance of the effectiveness principles, in achieving the 2030 Agenda. The SLM will aim to review the current state of effectiveness, drawing on data and experiences from the country level, revitalise the GPEDC’s voluntary network, and forge new coalitions around emerging and ‘frontier’ effectiveness issues.

In his opening remarks, the representative of the Ugandan Co-Chair, HE Mr Philip Odida, agreed, stating that ‘having the 2019 SLM in the margins of the HLPF will help highlight the critical links between effectiveness and the Sustainable Development Goals.’  Ms Marion Barthelemy from UNDESA in her briefing on the upcoming HLPF also highlighted GPEDC as a key player that can contribute to the global goals and the Financing for Development follow-up process.

The meeting kicked off the piloting of a 4th Co-Chair (in addition to Bangladesh, Germany and Uganda), representing the voice of the non-executive Steering Committee members, with Mr Vitalice Meja from the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness acting as a Consultative Co-Chair through the 2019 SLM. Members agreed that adding a Co-Chair representing the non-executive Steering Committee members adds value to the GPEDC as it strengthens its multi-stakeholder nature and places all partners on a still more equal footing.

With the third monitoring round of the GPEDC underway – through which over 80 countries will report on progress in implementing effectiveness principles – the meeting provided an opportunity to discuss how the results will be used to drive country-level action and inform global dialogue. Members also heard updates on how the current monitoring framework is being adapted to different contexts, including fragile and conflict-affected situations, and to better address the distinct needs of countries engaged in South-South Co-operation.

The meeting also discussed how the Partnership’s work could contribute crucial evidence to the upcoming SLM and the 2019 High-Level Political Forum, including evidence from the 2018 monitoring round; ongoing pilots to increase the effectiveness of development co-operation at the country level; and the forthcoming Global Compendium of Good Practices; and the Knowledge-Sharing Platform. Moreover, Steering Committee members discussed and endorsed GPEDC’s upcoming work on the principles and guidelines for effective private sector engagement (PSE) in development co-operation which will be based on country-level evidence and inclusive consultations, including an online survey and a specialised policy dialogue in January in Paris.

The 23-member Steering Committee meets biannually to guide the work of the Global Partnership. It is comprised of representatives from various constituency groups, including partner countries, development partners, civil society, the private sector, philanthropy, local governments, multilateral organisations, parliamentarians, trade unions, the OECD Development Assistance Committee, and the UN Sustainable Development Group.

A summary of the event will be made available soon.

Watch why effectiveness is an important topic for the Senior-Level Meeting and the 2030 Agenda here.

From left to right: Co-Chair representatives from Uganda, Bangladesh, Germany with CPDE (as the newly-appointed 4th non-executive Co-Chair).

Countries Discuss Effectiveness Action Plans at the 2018 GPEDC Learning and Acceleration Programme

On 12 November, 26 government representatives from several ministries including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs gathered in the Republic of Korea for the annual GPEDC Learning and Accelerating Programme (LAP), organised by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in co-operation with the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre. Other constituencies such as civil society organisations were also invited.

This year’s LAP provided a platform for peer-to-peer learning and skills-training on implementing the four principles of effective development co-operation. Participants shared common challenges and proven solutions to effectiveness hurdles, and discussed their experiences participating in the 2018 round of GPEDC monitoring. Based on key discussions from the trainings, the 26 participating government representatives prepared and presented country-specific effectiveness action plans.

This year’s program included a wide range of insightful training modules led by experts from UNDP, OECD, KOICA, Institute for Global Dialogue, Kyung Hee University, ALIARSE and Reality of Aid, generating conversation around how all stakeholders can work more effectively together.

During one such session, a LAP participant, Lyn Angelica D. Pano, emphasised the role of civic engagement in shaping development co-operation policies, commenting that ‘all knowledge comes from the people and the community, hence all of our work should match the needs of the people…we try to empower the people, so that they can exercise their right in shaping development sectors and policies’.

In another session – a simulation activity where multiple actors held a meeting in a post-conflict scenario – a participant from Pakistan emphasised the importance of trust among stakeholders, concluding that the activity highlighted ‘the difficulty of bringing together the different strands of work between humanitarian assistance, development and peace’.

The LAP was created to meet countries’ demand for training in implementation of effective development co-operation. This year marks the fourth LAP, with other programmes held in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

A Global Partnership Survey on Emerging Issues: Private Sector Engagement through Development Co-operation

Click here to access the survey in English, French and Spanish     Refer to the Private Sector Engagement Issue Areas Paper

This survey will run until Friday, 14 December.

The diverse private sector is a development actor in its own right – creating jobs, providing services and harnessing innovative solutions with an impact on the overall well-being of our populations. The scope and ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs have called for the private sector to apply this potential even more towards solving today’s most pressing development challenges. The ambition is to create shared value – development impact alongside profits for businesses.

In this context, development partners are deploying a growing amount of international public resources to the private sector through an increasingly diverse set of tools, de-risking mechanisms and financing instruments. Harnessing and scaling the opportunities presented by private sector engagement (PSE) through development co-operation can help to fast-track attainment of the SDGs. This, however, requires ensuring the effective use of public resources and addressing underlying challenges and concerns that have been raised by different stakeholders.

Through this survey, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) – a multi-stakeholder platform committed to improving the effectiveness of all types of development co-operation – aims to get feedback from governments, civil society, trade unions, the private sector, academia and others to better understand the opportunities, challenges, concerns and expectations by different stakeholders related to private sector engagement through development co-operation, as well as to collect good and bad practice examples.

Based on evidence from over 900 PSE projects in four case study countries (Bangladesh, Egypt, El Salvador, and Uganda), three issue areas have emerged as nodal points and enablers to enhance the effectiveness of private sector projects, mobilised through development co-operation, at the country level.

For more information on the three mutually reinforcing issue areas, and the underlying research, we invite you to look at the issues paper ‘Effective Private Sector Engagement through Development Co-operation’.

We want to hear from you: Which issues do you attach the greatest importance to? What actions do you expect from others to enhance the effectiveness of PSE through development co-operation? Are there any issues missing? Do you know of any good or bad practice examples that should be showcased to help build trust and ensure mutual learning?

The results of the survey will illustrate what priorities and expectations different actors have for enhancing the effective use of public resources for private sector engagement to reach the SDGs. It will help to shape principles and guidelines for effective PSE through development co-operation, to be presented at the 2019 GPEDC Senior-Level Meeting.

Beyond this survey, you are invited to continue to participate in this debate. Please indicate your interest in participating in the Specialised Policy Dialogue on PSE on 16-17 January 2019 in Paris here. Further consultation on emerging principles and guidelines will be conducted over the Spring. Your contribution will be important for shaping even better public-private solutions to the sustainable development challenges, rooted in shared value, inclusiveness, transparency and accountability.

Translations of the survey were completed by online UN volunteers: Ms Melisa Diaz and Ms Murielle Mobengo.