The Business Leaders Caucus: GPEDC Launches Initiative to Enhance Private Sector Engagement

On 20 September, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) formally launched  its Business Leaders Caucus (BLC). The BLC is a senior-level advisory group that will provide strategic advice and policy guidance to the GPEDC on how the development co-operation community can more effectively work with the private sector for better country-level results.

The private sector – a vital driver of growth in its own right – increasingly perceives sustainability as a long-term business opportunity and engages more and more in a new generation of partnerships for sustainable development. With the SDGs requiring support from governments, civil society and private sector alike, multinational corporations, domestic firms, cooperatives, micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises are all in the spotlight to help deliver both development results and business profit.

During its first meeting on 20 September, the BLC discussed three key issue areas emerging from country-level analytical work conducted by the GPEDC:

  • unleashing the comparative advantages of development co-operation,
  • making private sector engagement (PSE) work in country-level programmes, and
  • achieving sustainable results, impact and accountability in PSE projects.

The group also examined how existing business practices, such as impact investments, cooperatives and other purpose-driven businesses, already focus on delivering development results while generating financial profits.

Going forward, the BLC will help the GPEDC and its constituencies fine-tune these issue areas and shape inclusive policy guidelines for effective private sector engagement through development co-operation. The group will meet again in October in the margins of the G20 Compact with Africa, which will take place in Berlin, Germany.

The BLC is composed of 12 high-caliber business leaders from multi-national companies, large domestic firms and micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) from various regions and fields including in technology, energy and the financial sector. BLC members were nominated by members of the GPEDC’s multi-stakeholder Steering Committee, with a view to achieving balance across regions, gender and business typology.

In addition to the members below, the BLC includes two additional associated members, Ms Paola Simonetti of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Mr Andrew Wilson from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), who represent trade unions and the private sector respectively on the GPEDC’s Steering Committee.

Members of the BLC include:

Ms Jasandra Nyker (BioTherm Energy)
Ms Carole Kariuki (Kenya Private Sector Alliance)

Ms Bing Sibal-Limjoco (Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Francorp Philippines)
HE Mr Saber Chowdhury (Member of Parliament, Bangladesh)
Ms Helen Hai (Made in Africa Initiative)

Mr Thomas Duveau (Mobisol GmbH)
Mr Iñígo Albizuri (Mondragon Corporation)
Ms Christiane Laibach (KFW DEG, Germany)

North America:
Ms Janet Longmore (Digital Opportunity Trust)
Mr John Simon (Total Impact Capital)

Stakeholders Embrace Country-Level Frameworks & Resilient Partnerships: 2018 UN High-Level Political Forum

Today, in the margins of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, the governments of Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea co-hosted a Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation side event on Enhancing the global partnership for sustainable development: Country-level frameworks for resilient, multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Attended by over 100 participants, the event brought together stakeholders from various circles including government, civil society, the private sector, academia and UN agencies to discuss good practices and progress on institutionalising multi-stakeholder frameworks at the country level to increase the effectiveness of co-operation and support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In today’s evolving international landscape, development challenges are increasingly complex, persistent and interlinked. As such, achieving sustainable development for everyone, everywhere, calls for strong, equal partnerships between all stakeholders. Participation of civil society organisations, the private sector and other local development partners in all phases of development policy-making, planning and implementation helps ensure that resources are used effectively, capitalising on the comparative advantage of every stakeholder group and sharing resources, technology and knowledge.

However, the state of play from the last round of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) shows that many countries face challenges in consolidating effective multi-stakeholder engagement, particularly facilitating meaningful stakeholder participation and maintaining collaborative relationships. The GPEDC’s monitoring framework, which measures country-level progress in this domain, also underscores similar challenges.

In his opening remarks, H.E. Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN, emphasized that one of GPEDC’s unique features is its multi-stakeholder platform, calling the national-level monitoring framework “a demonstration of how stakeholders and partners engage in development co-operation in the era of SDGs by measuring their development impact at the national level.” Bangladesh’s Minister of Finance, H.E. Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, also recognised that to leave no one behind and meet global promises by 2030, we need to effectively engage all relevant stakeholders in development policy- making, planning and implementation, much like Bangladesh’s own local consultative processes and spaces for open dialogue and coordinated policies.

The side event generated evidence-based dialogue, with a wide array of panelists presenting including Ministers from the Dominican Republic and Egypt, representatives from the government of Honduras, civil society (CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness), private sector (Center for International Private Enterprise), and multi-lateral institutions (World Bank). The discussions led an honest debate around how country-level, multi-stakeholder partnerships can help implement the SDGs and how they might be reflected in VNRs.

Joining 46 other countries who have reported to this year’s VNR process and having also participated in the GPEDC’s 2016 monitoring round, Egypt spoke to the importance of aligning development partners’ programmes with country frameworks and national priorities. Dominican Republic also appreciated the GPEDC’s monitoring process in that it allows for countries and development partners to thoroughly assess their yearly progress in effective development co-operation. Honduras also announced its ongoing plans to participate in the GPEDC’s 2018 monitoring round.

During the event, practitioners from civil society, banks and private sector embraced multi-actor partnerships. Ms. Jaehyang So, a representative from the World Bank, stressed that sharing country best practices, like GPEDC aims to do with the Global Compendium and Knowledge-Sharing Platform, is important in identifying opportunities for collaboration. Additionally, Dr. Kim Bettcher, representing the private sector, mentioned that more progress can be made with promising initiatives, such as the GPEDC’s business leader caucus, and potential SDG funding opportunities amounting to around US $12 trillion.

In a recent blog, H.E. Ms. Hyunjoo Oh, Director-General of International Co-operation of the Republic of South Korea, supported such events, calling them ‘inclusive, unique and evidence-based’ as they explore context-specific opportunities for successful development partnerships – the key to achieving the global goals for everyone, everywhere.

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To read a summary of the event, click here.



UAE Workshop Trains Regional Countries & Development Partners for the GPEDC’s 2018 Monitoring Round

On 11 July, the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation (MoFAIC), with support from the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC), led a two-day technical workshop for 26 regional countries and development partners, training them for the GPEDC 2018 monitoring round.

A country-led process, the GPEDC’s biennial monitoring exercise brings together bilateral and multilateral organisations, the private sector, civil society and parliaments, among others, to monitor effective development co-operation commitments at the country level, tracking progress against ten indicators to ensure that all development efforts are in line with four internationally-agreed principles for effective co-operation.

The workshop provided an opportunity to i. establish a dialogue between countries and development partners on ways to strengthen their joint collaboration, ii.discuss the tools and guidance that both would need to successfully engage in the monitoring process, and iii. understand the usefulness of the monitoring results.

Participants realised that concerted efforts by all at the country level was crucial in making development co-operation effective and using limited resources efficiently. To this end, multi-stakeholder platforms and dialogues are an important aspect of working together. In this context, the monitoring process was seen as a useful entry point to strengthen platforms for multi-stakeholder dialogue.

Regional countries and development partners were keen to share ideas on how they could strengthen their co-operation to monitor and deliver on development projects more effectively together. Government representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania, Pakistan, Sudan, and Yemen shared their experiences in implementing and monitoring effective development co-operation efforts. At the same time, the Arab funds and donors present shared their successful partnerships in delivering complex infrastructure projects in the region. The Islamic Development Bank also shared Multi-Development Banks’ joint efforts in assessing and improving the quality of countries’ procurement systems.

National and peer development partners present included representatives from UAE’s development cooperation system and the Gulf Coordination Council, namely the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, Arab Monetary Fund, Dubai Cares, Emirates Red Crescent, Etisalat UAE, Ewa’a Shelters for Victims of Human Trafficking, Islamic Development Bank, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Noor Dubai, OPEC Fund for International Development, Saudi Fund for Development , UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, United Arab Emirates University and Yahsat – Al Yah Satellite Communications Company.

Click here to find out more about the Global Partnership’s 2018 monitoring round.