Steering Committee Members Endorse Programme and Continue Planning for the Upcoming 2019 Senior-Level Meeting

Hosted by the Government of Uganda, the 17th Steering Committee meeting of the Global Partnership was held on 26-27 March in Kampala, Uganda. Steering Committee members from all over the world, representing diverse constituencies, discussed preparations for the upcoming 2019 Senior-Level Meeting to be held on 13-14 July at United Nations headquarters in New York, in the margins of the 2019 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

In his opening remarks, HE Mr David Bahati, Uganda’s State Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development stressed that ‘effective development co-operation is critical to deliver the African development agenda’. Mr Bahati reaffirmed Africa’s continued engagement in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation.

Steering Committee members underscored the need for the Global Partnership Senior-Level Meeting to drive home the message that effectiveness, in collaboration with the Financing for Development process, is fundamental to achieving the 2030 Agenda. The representative of Bangladesh, one of four Global Partnership Co-Chairs, highlighted that if ‘financing’ is the fuel, ‘effectiveness’ is the car; the destination, is the 2030 Agenda. In other words, SDG implementation and development impact cannot be sustainable if resources are not spent effectively.

To this end, members deliberated on the substantive content, evidence and tools on ‘effectiveness’ that will be showcased at the Senior-Level Meeting. Following a day and a half of in-depth discussions, members agreed on the overall programme, objectives and sessions for the Senior-Level Meeting, and set a plan of action for delivering a successful meeting in July.

The Steering Committee took decisive action on numerous pending issues. Among them was the decision to permanently create a fourth Co-Chair position (previously in a pilot phase) to represent the six non-executive Steering Committee members, elevating the Global Partnership to a key global body in development co-operation with a truly multi-stakeholder leadership.

Furthermore, the results of the Global Partnership’s third monitoring round, which will be captured in a progress report, will underpin the SLM by providing a robust evidence base to guide discussion on where progress has been made and where unfinished business remains.

The Committee also agreed on the key principles for effective private sector engagement in development co-operation, to be launched at the SLM, which aim to make private sector partnerships more effective and geared towards sustainable development outcomes.

The Global Compendium of Good Practices and Knowledge-sharing Platform, alongside initiatives to apply effectiveness in different contexts – including a tailored approach to monitoring effectiveness in fragile and conflict-affected situations as well as South-South Co-operation contexts, will also be shared at the SLM.

In closing, looking forward and beyond the SLM, members actively engaged and discussed the need for an inclusive, engagement process to tap into the development co-operation community and source ‘emerging effectiveness issues’ that will inform the Global Partnership’s work beyond July 2019. More details on this process are forthcoming.

Please find here all relevant background materials and meeting presentations. Read the summary of the event here.

Read more about the upcoming Senior-Level Meeting here.

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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 can be found here.

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).

Reinvigorating Effectiveness for the 2030 Agenda: Gearing Up for a 2019 Senior-Level Meeting

On 11-12 September, over 190 governments and development partners from 80+ countries gathered in Paris for a Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) event entitled Reinvigorating Effectiveness for the 2030 Agenda.

Alex Thier, Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute, kickstarted the event, with representatives from governments, civil society, the private sector, trade unions, think tanks, parliaments and more, with a keynote address asserting that – in the SDG era – “the effectiveness agenda is more important than ever”.

Noel Gonzalez, Director-General for Planning from the Mexican International Development Cooperation Ministry saw the meeting, and the GPEDC as a whole, as “an opportunity for the development community to learn from each other, inspire each other and see how we can fulfill our global responsibility together”. Janet Longmore, CEO of the Digital Opportunity Trust, meanwhile, reflecting after the event, described the critical role of the private sector in extending “local purpose and responsibility from ‘down-the-street’ to a global perspective within the SDG framework”.

By the end of the two-day workshop, three key messages came out of the discussions:

1. Effectiveness is and should be instilled in national policies and practices.

 There was a clear consensus that while the SDGs capture the international community’s global commitment and ambition, they will be achieved at country level – through collective efforts under national leadership.

At the meeting, representatives from over 50 partner countries presented clear examples of how, with the third monitoring round on-going, they are forging ahead with effectiveness at country level, instilling the effectiveness principles into national policies and practices. Rwanda shared how they use the Global Partnership monitoring exercise to strengthen national coordination mechanisms and hold inclusive dialogue on development co-operation. Cambodia demonstrated how they have institutionalized global monitoring indicators into national systems to capture and track all development resources in the country, while Costa Rica spoke about its new national development strategy that will provide a framework for effective development partnerships.

2. The effectiveness agenda must adapt to different contexts and types of co-operation.

With an increasingly challenging political climate for multilateralism and effectiveness, to stay relevant and ensure maximum impact, the agenda has to adapt. This includes exploring new financing modalities beyond traditional approaches, including South-South Co-operation and private sector engagement, and refining monitoring efforts to be increasingly relevant in fragile and conflict-affected situations, as well as middle-income contexts.

3. The GPEDC’s comparative advantage stems from its multi-stakeholder nature, and lessons learnt from the country level.

Participants emphasized that the greatest strength of the GPEDC is its ability to bring all actors together on equal footing and ‘under one tent’. As one participant put it, “the GPEDC is part of the ‘magic triangle’ of development”: on the one side the common objectives embodied by the SDGs – the “what” we want to achieve: on another, the financing required for development – “how we will fund our efforts”; and the third: the effectiveness of development co-operation – “how we will work together” to achieve the greatest impact. Participants agreed that the GPEDC is a critical vehicle for advancing and supporting the implementation of political commitments for more effective development co-operation.

The Paris event has helped set the course for the GPEDC’s upcoming Senior-Level Meeting in July 2019, set to take place in the margins of the 2019 High-Level Political Forum.

Read the detailed session summaries or the overall summary. You can also access all other event-related materials here.