november 2014

nov6 - 7All DayAnnual Busan Global Partnership Workshop(All Day) Seoul, KoreaEvent Type :Global Partnership,Regional Workshop


The Busan GP Workshop was held in Korea from 2014 onwards, providing a regular, inclusive,and evidence-based meeting for the Global Partnership. It built upon the outcomes of Busan, and created a global forum to review, assess and improve the implementation dynamics of its commitments at the country level including the monitoring and evaluation system. The event also generated critical reflections and recommendations for the bi-annual HLMs and monitoring surveys.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Provide qualitative evidence and build a lively and consolidated knowledge base on the implementation dynamics of the Busan commitments on the ground. As the bi-annual global progress report focuses on covering quantitative measures, with data voluntarily submitted by members, the goal of the Busan GP Workshop was to provide a complementary platform to showcase achievements and best practices, and to discuss bottleneck challenges and lessons learnt. As such, the workshop hoped to identify issues that are not captured in the monitoring exercise, and also allow participants to discuss policy issues. It would thereby create a further knowledge base and was expected to contribute to more evidence-based policy work for enhanced implementation of the Global Partnership principles.
  2. Provide an inclusive forum for multi-stakeholders across sectors to bring their experiences and insights gained through their work on the ground and to share innovative ideas on how to deliver effective development results. In particular, the workshop was to facilitate global political dialogue with development providers from emerging economies and new providers such as private sector entities and philanthropic foundations, together with traditional actors, in order to increase mutual understanding and push for necessary behavior change for more effective development cooperation.
  3. Contribute to the work of the SC and biannual HLMs by collecting inputs and recommendations to strengthen the work of the Global Partnership. In particular, the Busan GP Workshop was to provide an opportunity for members outside the SC to hold regular discussions on the substance and processes of the Partnership and served as a venue to channel their suggestions for the HLM preparations more systematically.
  4. Provide space for showcasing and advocacy for key Busan Building Blocks. Building Blocks require sustained partnership building and coordinated actions from a long-term perspective. The Workshop planned to provide a forum to share case studies on select Building Blocks as well as voluntary initiatives out of the Mexico HLM, and to discuss strategies that can maximize their impact. In doing so, the Workshop hoped to galvanize concerted efforts and action-oriented partnerships for these strategic voluntary initiatives. It also planned to help create a synergy effect beyond the Global Partnership, through outreach, as well as coordination among different modalities and initiatives for development cooperation.
  5. Enhance the role of the Global Partnership in the context of the Post-2015 development agenda by facilitating reflections on the agenda in relation to the Partnership principles and commitments. Participants will examine the way the Global Partnership could provide the “how” part of the Post-2015 development agenda, and also make recommendations on key actions to be undertaken through the GPEDC to accelerate the effective delivery of the Post-2015 development goals. The workshop planned to strengthen the Global Partnership’s action-oriented role and relevance in the Post-2015 era.


In drawing its conclusions for the coming years, the workshop saw two main threads: first, the continuity of its core work in strengthening the Global Partnership as a multi-stakeholder vehicle for supporting effective development co-operation; and second, to align with and contribute optimally to the emerging Post-2015 Agenda with its core goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030.

This Outcome Report (also highlighted in ‘Related Materials’) pulled together a series of ‘takeaways’ from the comments of participants for consideration in framing the Global Partnership’s work moving forward. A ‘must do’ was seen as defining a primary, value-added role in supporting the implementation of the Post-2015 Agenda. Equally essential was the building of a closer, more trusting relationship, in working at the ‘country level’ and better engaging the target population. To help meet these and other key objectives, participants suggested that the Global Partnership – and themselves as active partners – needed to recommit to the Busan principles by way of a ‘global light, country-heavy focus’, along with respect for the Korean approach of ‘focus on the practical.’