The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (Global Partnership) Advisory Group (AG) on Monitoring met for the first time on 20-21 May 2015 in in New York. The group was established to provide technical expertise and advice to strengthen the Global Partnership’s monitoring framework and to ensure its relevance to the post-2015 context. It is composed of 12 high-level technical experts from governments of both programme countries and development partners, think tanks, civil society organisations (CSOs) and private sector.
Track 1: Pilot indicators
A session was dedicated to the refinement of the four pilot indicators. The AG members engaged in discussions around the methodologies developed for each indicator and started outlining the envisaged areas of work to (1) finalise the current methodologies ahead of the second monitoring round; and (2) further improve the indicators for the forthcoming broader review of the monitoring framework. For indicator 1 (use of country results frameworks), discussions focused on the need to further deepen and unpack the conceptual understanding of country results frameworks (CRFs) including the way they translate at national levels. For indicator 2 (CSO enabling environment and development effectiveness) and indicator 3 (quality of public-private dialogue), the proposed methodologies were overall considered technically sound and relevant by the AG. Members however agreed that further consideration on the options for operationalisation was needed, including on the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders to ensure credible and inclusive processes. For indicator 4 (transparency), the AG members agreed that, given the different nature of the OECD-DAC and IATI reporting systems, a meaningful approach would consist of: using the data coming from these systems separately; focusing on ways to present the data (i.e. separately but in a consistent manner); and ensuring sufficient time for consultation ahead of and during the monitoring exercise for this indicator.
Track 2: Strengthening the second monitoring round
Several recommendations were provided and more are expected ahead of and during the 2nd monitoring round. The issue of ensuring greater political buy-in and broad-based participation by all stakeholders was raised as a main concern in order to strengthen the monitoring exercise going forward. Overcoming gaps in data collection / analysis and improving the quality of the 2016 Progress Report were also discussed, including the structure of report, options for quality assurance, credibility of policy recommendations and use of findings. While members highlighted that the monitoring exercise itself is about promoting transparency on the progress made and the bottlenecks encountered, there was a strong call for further political discussion concerning how to make better linkages between Global Partnership monitoring exercise and the efforts towards enhancing accountability against the commitments of Busan Partnership Agreement. AG members planned to provide further inputs on the several points discussed ahead of the 2nd round.
Track 3: Review of the monitoring framework to ensure its relevance to the post-2015 context
The meeting provided a good opportunity to start brainstorming on how to strengthen the relevance of the Global Partnership Monitoring Framework in the post-2015 context. A few entry points were discussed, particularly regarding the conceptual framework; its relevance for non-traditional providers / post 2015; and how to ensure bridges between the Global Partnership monitoring framework and the post-2015 inter-governmental processes led by the UN as well as other recognized accountability frameworks. During the next AG meeting, members plan to further outline the areas of work for this track, in view of delivering concrete recommendations for a strengthened framework ahead of the 2nd High-Level Meeting.
During this kick-off meeting, the AG members demonstrated enthusiastic engagement and a strong sense of ownership over the expected work.
On the Advisory Group:
On the GPEDC Monitoring framework:
- Factsheet on the set of 10 indicators of the GPEDC monitoring framework
- Table on sources of information for each indicator
- Strengthening the Global Partnership Monitoring framework (document presented in the January 2015 Steering Committee meeting)
- Update on progress since the January 2015 Steering Committee meeting
- Proposed process and timeline for the second monitoring round (shared for comments through an online consultation in April 2015)
- Outcomes from the workshop held in Mexico in December 2014 on “The development effectiveness agenda: approaches from the South”
- Strengthening the quality of development partnerships (flyer on positioning the GPEDC in the Financing for Development discussions – ahead of the Addis Ababa conference)
Pilot indicators: background information and latest versions of the methodology notes
- Indicator 1– Development cooperation is focused on results that meet developing countries priorities
- Indicator 2– Civil society operated within an environment whcih maximises its engagement in and contribution to development
- Indicator 3– Measuring the quality of public-private dialogue at the country level
- Indicator 4– Transparency: information on development co-operation is publicly available
Key documents from the first monitoring round:
- Guide to the Monitoring Framework of the Global Partnership (EN / ES / FR)
- Data Collection Spreadsheet