From the 26-27 March 2015, the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF), together with the Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Government of Australia, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), with financial support from the European Commission, organised a regional consultation workshop to discuss how countries in Asia and the Pacific are adapting to a changing development finance and cooperation landscape and their readiness for implementation of the 2030¬†agenda. The workshop provided a forum for showcasing evidence of Global Partnership¬†initiatives taking place at the country level, as well as for discussion on the role of regional platforms in drawing attention to such iniatives.
Participants held in-depth discussions on the nature of development finance flows in the region, including international and national, public and private flows. Representatives from countries experts shared insights from the provision of South-South Cooperation, management of tax reforms to strengthen domestic resource mobilization, budget management, the management of scaled up climate finance, ODA policy and institutional reform, as well as opportunities for strengthen the enabling environment for civil society and private sector to contribute to development. Discussions highlighted how learning from decades of experience on the management of ODA and development cooperation could inform dialogue on the Financing for Development agenda. Discussions also highlighted the importance of ensuring the development cooperation efforts have a strong focus on poverty and reducing inequalities.