The Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) amplified the positive impact of development co-operation over the next 15 years.
Based on an inclusive consultation that concluded in Kenya at the Global Partnership’s HLM2, the Nairobi Outcome Document was released on 1 December 2016. This document will help to shape how existing and new development actors can partner to implement Agenda 2030 and realise the SDGs.
Hosted by the Government of Kenya in Nairobi (28 November–1 December 2016), HLM2:
- Took stock of the implementation of development effectiveness principles and commitments
- Provided a learning space on development effectiveness, showcasing successful examples
- Identified innovative approaches to sustainable development that can be scaled up
- Positioned the Global Partnership to effectively contribute to implementation of the SDGs and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda
- Produced the Nairobi Outcome Document for existing and new development actors to implement Agenda 2030 and realise the SDGs.
12 Reasons Why HLM2 Mattered
HLM2 Agenda and Logistical Note
Organising the HLM2
The HLM2 is organised by the Government of Kenya with support from the Global Partnership’s three co-chairs (Malawi, Mexico and the Netherlands), Steering Committee members and the Joint Support Team provided by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations Development Programme. The Government of Kenya and the Global Partnership’s Co-Chairs call on the international community to participate and provide the financial, technical and necessary support required to ensure a successful HLM2 and realisation of the 2030 Agenda.
Accelerated efforts are needed by all partners to unleash the power of youth and women as dynamic contributors to society. The Government of Kenya will lead special focus discussions on Economic empowerment of women and youth – inclusivity and mainstreaming for effective and accelerated development at the HLM2.
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HLM2 will be preceded by two preparatory days (28–29 November, 2016), providing the opportunity for a range of stakeholders to meet in advance of the High-level Ministerial segment. Forums are planned for youth and women on Monday 28 November, and for civil society, parliamentarians, foundations and the private sector on Tuesday 29 November. A workshop to consider findings from the Global Partnership’s second monitoring round will be held on Tuesday 29 November and the findings will provide timely input into the discussions at forums.
High-Level Ministerial Segment
The two-day high-level meeting (30 November–1 December 2016) will offer a unique platform for heads of state, ministers, heads of major international organisations and leaders from civil society, the private sector, foundations, local government and parliaments to showcase successes and identify innovative approaches. The meeting will include seven plenary sessions, parallel discussions on bottlenecks, a series of side events and marketplace stalls for showcasing successful innovation, implementation, and sharing knowledge.
Plenary Sessions Focus
HLM2 plenary sessions will focus on:
- Progress and challenges for effective development
- How effective development can deliver the SDGs
- Learning from south-south and triangular co-operation
- Economic empowerment of women and youth
- Leaving no-one behind
- Inclusive multi-stakeholder partnerships
- The private sector’s contribution to sustainable development
Side Events and Market Place Exhibitions
At the margins of main plenary sessions, the HLM2 side events will enable interactive multi-stakeholder dialogue on improving the effectiveness of development co-operation, and the HLM2 Market Place will provide a space to showcase relevant programs, products and services, and share knowledge products on good practices and lessons learned in implementing effective development co-operation principles at national, regional and global levels.
All side events will be held at KICC, either in conference rooms or in tents on the KICC grounds. The conference rooms are Shimba Hills, Lenana, Aberdares, Impala/ Turkana, Taifa, and the Amphitheatre and the tent venues are Flamingo, Heron, Sunbird, Peacock, Robin.
If you are a member of the business community, please go to http://tr.im/businessathlm2 to register and join the HLM2 business delegation.
If you are a member of the business community, please go to http://tr.im/businessathlm2 to register and join the HLM2 business delegation.
The Business Forum is organised by ICC, KEPSA, UN Global Compact, Business Call to Action and The Partnering Initiative.
nov297:30 am- 6:00 pmNairobi Civil Society Forum - Universal Effective Development Cooperation Towards a Peoples’ Agenda7:30 am - 6:00 pm Pride Inn Conference Centre (off-site)Event Type :Global Partnership
The upcoming Philanthropy Forum, organised
The upcoming Philanthropy Forum, organised on 29 November 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya in the margins of the Global Partnership’s Second High-Level Meeting will raise awareness about the financial and non-financial contribution of philanthropy to sustainable development in Africa. The Forum will also explore three key challenges to partnering that prevents philanthropy from igniting its full potential:
- Building effective partnerships on the ground;
- Improving the availability and quality of philanthropic data; and
- Enabling environment for civil society and philanthropy.
Organised in the margins of the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, the Philanthropy Forum provides a unique occasion for foundations to identify and convey key policy messages and expectations of the philanthropic sector to policy makers and other development actors. Foundations participating in the Philanthropy Forum will be invited to participate in the all the events of the HLM2, including the high-level ministerial segment on 30 November and 1 December 2016.
To register for the event, please see the Registration Form.
The Philanthropy Forum is hosted by the Government of Kenya and organised by the OECD Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD) in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF), the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), the Foundation Center, the Kenya Philanthropy Forum, the SDG Philanthropy Platform (SDGPP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
nov299:30 am- 6:30 pmParliamentary Forum - Development Co-operation in the Age of the Sustainable Development Goals: Strengthening the Role of Parliaments9:30 am - 6:30 pm Lenana RoomEvent Type :Global Partnership
This event is open to all.
This event is open to all.
The Parliamentary Forum is organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Parliament of Kenya and the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa.
nov298:30 am- 6:00 pmWorkshop on the Monitoring of Effective Development Co-operation - What have we achieved; how can we do better?8:30 am - 6:00 pm AmpitheatreEvent Type :Global Partnership,Regional Workshop
The Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co‑operation will take place in Nairobi, Kenya on 30 November-1 December 2016. A key objective of HLM2 will be to take stock of the implementation of development effectiveness principles and commitments agreed at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (Busan, Republic of Korea, 29 November-1 December 2011). In particular, the first plenary session of HLM2 will focus on this topic, highlighting achievements so far and agreeing on actions to overcome challenges and accelerate effective development co-operation.
The Workshop Monitoring effective development co-operation: what have we achieved; how can we do better? will provide a dedicated time and space for participants to prepare for the political discussions to take place during HLM2 plenary sessions. This Workshop will promote in-depth discussions on progress made and challenges encountered in promoting more effective development co-operation. Discussions will also highlight success stories, encourage knowledge sharing and peer learning around innovative solutions, and identify key actions and practical next steps after HLM2 to promote more effective development co‑operation.
This workshop will be an opportunity to:
- Present and discuss the findings from the 2016 Global Partnership Progress Report;
- Share views, experiences, good practices and innovative and practical approaches around implementing development effectiveness principles and commitments;
- Identify priority areas of action to address bottlenecks and foster more effective development co-operation; and
- Reflect on how to improve the Global Partnership monitoring framework in the context of the 2030 Agenda.
Discussions will draw on the findings from the 2016 Global Partnership Progress Report, online consultations, regional consultations and other recent preparatory events ahead of HLM2. Its conclusions will be reported during the first HLM2 plenary session.
This workshop is open to all HLM2 participants. Representatives from countries and organisations taking part in the 2016 Global Partnership monitoring round (i.e. national co‑ordinators and constituency focal points in-country and at headquarters) are particularly encouraged to attend.
Registration for the Workshop is open only to participants at HLM2 and will be accepted within the limit of places available. Interested participants should:
- First register to HLM2 (http://www.hlm2nairobi.go.ke/index.php/registration-and-accreditation/) indicating that they will attend the Workshop on “Monitoring Effective Development Co-operation”. This can be done in the registration form by clicking on the option “Other” under the section “Conference Participation” and then specifying “Monitoring Workshop, 29 November 2016”.
- Complete the separate registration form available at http://bit.ly/hlm2-workshop-registration by 18 November 2016.
Additionally, it is recommended that workshop participants bring their own internet-connected devices in order to participate in planned interactive activities.
- Workshop Summary “Monitoring Effective Development Co-operation: What have we achieved? What can we do better?”
- 2016 Global Partnership Progress Report “Making Development Co-operation More Effective: 2016 Progress Report”
- 2016 Global Partnership Progress Report: Results at a glance
- Country and Territory monitoring profiles
- Key messages from Latin America and Caribbean Regional Post-Monitoring Workshop (available soon)
- Key messages from Asia-Pacific Regional Post-Monitoring Workshop
- 2016 Asia-Pacific Regional Report on development financing: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Era of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda
- Key messages from Africa Regional Post-Monitoring Workshop (EN / FR)
- Final report of the Monitoring Advisory Group
- The Theory of Change for the Global Partnership For Effective Development Co-operation
- Draft parameters for refining the Global Partnership monitoring framework
- Highlights from online consultations on actions to improve effectiveness of development co-operation; leaving no one behind; maximising the contributions of development actors through multi-stakeholder approaches (available soon)
The Workshop on the Monitoring of Effective Development Co-operation is organised by the Global Partnership’s OECD-UNDP Joint Support Team.
The Global Partnership was established
The Global Partnership was established to improve development co-operation through enhanced effectiveness, ensure accountability for implementing Busan commitments, exchange knowledge, and support country level implementation. Five years on from Busan, it is time for an objective reflection on progress with implementing the effectiveness agenda, to highlight achievements and to address shortcomings.
This plenary will take stock of progress and achievements with commitments to implement the four development effectiveness principles:
- Ownership of development priorities by developing countries;
- Focus on results;
- Inclusive development partnerships; and
- Transparency and accountability to each other.
It will highlight significant bottlenecks encountered in achieving these commitments in recent years and showcase examples of what has worked and why – at local, country, regional and global levels.
The plenary will be informed by the findings from the Global Partnership’s 2016 Progress Report, Making Development Co-operation More Effective and recommendations agreed at the Monitoring Workshop on 29 November.
It will feature the results of country implementation and the work that Global Partnership Initiatives are doing on existing commitments.
Participants will be encouraged to share innovative ways to ensure greater progress with commitments and be asked to prioritise specific actions to be taken to address challenges and ensure that development co-operation contributes to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The plenary will build consensus on, and provide high-level political endorsement for, priority actions that partners in development will take to achieve existing commitments to improve quality, effectiveness and impact.
The effectiveness principles are able
The effectiveness principles are able to address the challenges encapsulated by the 2030 Agenda. However, it may not be a seamless transition. This Amphitheatre Session aims to identify how work on the development effectiveness principles will change once the 2030 Agenda becomes a larger focus for the Global Partnership, and what this will mean for us as development stakeholders in the partnership. It will ask what the different stakeholders in the Global Partnership might gain and/or lose by adjusting to the new Agenda, particularly in relation to: trust and accountability among development partners; respect for civic space; and donor commitments.
This Amphitheatre Session will consider how stakeholders feel about possible synergies and clashes between the different groups working on development effectiveness and the SDGs; the benefits and threats to the four development effectiveness principles when they are exposed to this universal and integrated agenda; and the potential risk of the Global Partnership losing its impact in a crowded space of multilateral platforms. It will ask if we should address this or just get on with agreed business.
A country-led results framework is
A country-led results framework is led or originated by the government of the country itself. It can include any form of government-led planning instrument that defines a country’s approach to development, sets out its development priorities and establishes the results expected to be achieved. It also outlines the systems and tools to monitor and evaluate progress towards these targets, determines the baseline and establishes indicators for measuring progress.
By aligning with a country-led results framework, development partners ensure that development co-operation addresses the country’s priorities and contributes to its capacity to plan, monitor, evaluate and communicate its progress towards sustainable development.
In this Amphitheatre Session, the Global Partnership Initiative on Results and Mutual Accountability, led by Bangladesh and Switzerland, will share the results of a pilot programme on the enhanced use of country-led results frameworks. The pilot programme is being implemented in co-operation with regional platforms from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The pilot focuses on strengthening national development plans, creating effective results frameworks and improving linkages between planning and financing including through the use of integrated national financing frameworks. The session will identify areas for improvement in country-led results frameworks and financing the SDGs.
The ambitious and universal 2030
The ambitious and universal 2030 Agenda calls for an equally ambitious and comprehensive response from all development partners. It will require strong political leadership, a revitalised Global Partnership and increased efforts by all development partners to take on their responsibility to continuously improve the quality, effectiveness and impact of their co-operation.
The principles of effective development co-operation – ownership of development priorities by developing countries, a focus on results, inclusive development partnerships, and transparency and accountability – provide a framework for development partners to implement the SDGs. The guiding principles should underpin all development cooperation, while the specific approaches to implementing the principles will vary between partners.
This plenary will highlight the importance of effective development cooperation to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While the first plenary takes stock of existing commitments to deliver more effective development co-operation, this plenary will explore new ways in which development effectiveness principles are operationalised to achieve newer SDG areas, or applied across different flows of finance / providers.
It will use three of the Global Goals – SDG 8, SDG 10 and SDG 16 – to demonstrate concrete examples of how effectiveness principles will underpin the delivery of the 2030 Agenda, applied by a broader range of partners and flows of finance and through new, differentiated approaches and explore:
- How inclusive partnerships in the form of social dialogue contribute to sustainable job creation (SDG8: Decent work and economic growth) with participation of Ministers, trade union leaders and business sector representatives;
- How different stakeholders can contribute to SDG10 (reducing inequality) with the participation of thought leaders representing foundations, civil society and parliaments; and
- How enhanced transparency and ownership can contribute to the achievement of SDG16 (peaceful and inclusive societies, access to justice and effective institutions) with the participation of Ministers from developed and developing countries.
Each segment will feature relevant case studies, short interventions from speakers and audience participants. By highlighting new, differentiated approaches to applying development effectiveness principles, the session also aims to encourage the creation of new or adaptation of existing Global Partnership Initiatives and guide the revision of the Global Partnership monitoring framework.
In Rwanda, moto-taxi drivers have secured better wages and social protection, thanks to the organising efforts of cooperatives and trade unions.
By using innovative technologies, impact
By using innovative technologies, impact startups are increasingly seen as pioneers in tackling complex societal issues. While African startup-hubs are emerging, there are still many obstacles on the ‘bumpy ride to success’, in particular for young entrepreneurs on the African continent.
In these two Amphitheatre Sessions we celebrate possibilities for doing business in Africa through the emerging startup-scene, and showcase promising and ambitious young African entrepreneurs.
Eight African impact startups will get into a boxing ring to pitch their initiative. With their inspiring talk they will try to convince a multi-stakeholder jury and audience of their positive impact on sustainable development: respecting people, planet and profit.
The “recipe” of this globally renowned competition has been proven numerous times (see here). After selection by the jury, the startup with the winning pitch will be going to the Global Final of Get in the Ring in Singapore, March 2017.
The SDGs explicitly acknowledge the
The SDGs explicitly acknowledge the interconnectedness of the prosperity of business, a flourishing society and the health of the environment. Few companies can thrive unless the countries in which they operate are thriving. And no country has significantly improved people’s lives without the driving force of a vibrant economy.
The greatest contribution a company can make as a development actor is to carry out its business, and do it responsibly, inclusively and sustainably. This in itself creates livelihoods and provides incomes; generates taxes; delivers essential products and services efficiently and affordably; accelerates technological innovation; creates a competitive, vibrant and resilient economy that can reduce reliance on imports; and brings in essential foreign currency.
Business becomes a partner in development, when it looks beyond immediate short-term financial gain and looks towards building longer-term business and societal value. Business does this in two main ways: by aligning its investments and core business activities, products and services in ways that contribute to a country’s development priorities; or by strategically investing resources of all kinds (technological innovation, in-kind contributions, funding etc.) towards the development of the social, economic (including infrastructure) and environmental fabric in which it operates. In both cases, the clearer the commercial interest, the greater the value of the investments companies can make.
To maximize the joint creation of business and societal value, government, business, civil society and all need to step up. Government must do everything in its power to encourage and support responsible, inclusive and sustainable business: to lead by example with its own state-owned enterprises; to publically recognize leading companies; to build the right enabling entrepreneurial, business and responsible investment environment; to understand and include business needs when setting country development priorities to increase competitiveness; and wherever necessary to use its regulatory and taxation powers to prevent irresponsible or unsustainable business practices and ensure competitive behaviour.
This plenary session will highlight the essential role of business in the achievement of the SDGs and provide inspiration and practical guidance for how governments and development partners can support responsible, inclusive and sustainable business. It seeks:
- To build understanding of the role of responsible, inclusive and sustainable business as an essential driver of sustainable development, including eradicating poverty and reducing inequality (Effectiveness principle 2: Focus on Results);
- To showcase and generate ideas and guidance on the active steps governments and development partners can take in-country to most effectively support the development of responsible, inclusive and sustainable business; and
- To generate commitment towards re-engineering the business / government / civil society relationship around their mutual interest to drive forward equitable, sustainable development (Effectiveness principle 3: Inclusive development partnership).
South-South and Triangular Co-operation initiatives
South-South and Triangular Co-operation initiatives are growing in number, volume and impact. Southern partners are increasingly engaged in Africa’s development and contributing to realizing the SDGs and Africa’s Agenda 2063.
This Amphitheatre Session will focus on features of South-South Co-operation in Africa. It will discuss how southern partners are engaging with African governments and other stakeholders, ask whether there is a difference between the way South-South providers engage with Africa compared to traditional donors, and suggest appropriate mechanisms for monitoring, evaluation and mutual accountability of emerging development partners at national and regional level.
SDG 1 seeks to end
SDG 1 seeks to end poverty in all its forms, everywhere. Over the last two decades, public debate has shifted emphasis from an income-based poverty measurement to a focus on multi-dimensional poverty. There is broad agreement that an income-only measure is insufficient. International development actors agree in general on this and recognize the multi-dimensionality and complexity of poverty. Nevertheless, the income-based measure remains the most commonly used to monitor poverty.
This Amphitheatre Session will debate the difficulties faced in moving from an income-based to a multi-dimensional measurement of poverty. It will focus on what Southern approaches to poverty measurement have to offer other development co-operation actors.
Plenary event details are subject to change.
dec18:30 am- 10:00 amPlenary Session - Inclusive and Effective Development Cooperation to Achieve the SDGs: Lessons Learned from South-South and Triangular Cooperation8:30 am - 10:00 am Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting
South-South and Triangular Co-operation initiatives
South-South and Triangular Co-operation initiatives are growing in number, volume and impact. This plenary will highlight how partnership models in South-South and Triangular Co-operation can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, enhanced by an inclusive approach involving state and non-state actors.
It will discuss the role of the effective development co-operation principles for improving the effectiveness of South-South and Triangular Co-operation; explore the different types of strategies that South-South and Triangular Co-operation providers use to implement a multi-stakeholder perspective and approach in their collaborative partnerships; and present concrete experiences that foster the principle of inclusive partnerships in South-South and Triangular Co-operation, including with the private sector and civil society.
The plenary will reaffirm the key role that South-South and Triangular Co-operation have, with their multi-stakeholder approaches, in enabling the effective implementation of the SDGs and exchange best practices on how to bring in other development actors, by incorporating a multi-stakeholder approach.
Fundamental to the achievement of
Fundamental to the achievement of social and economic justice is the full realization of women’s and girls’ rights, and equal participation of women and girls in all spheres of development. The Amphitheatre Session will discuss the factors that contribute to addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment within the context of development cooperation. How can the definition of economic development be broadened to consider the intersectional inequalities faced by women and girls? How can the contribution women and girls make in unpaid care work be recognized? Are their gender dimensions of illicit financial flows and domestic resource mobilization?
The Global Partnership Monitoring Framework
The Global Partnership Monitoring Framework has 10 indicators with specific descriptions and targets. While there is a gender indicator, there is no indicator for youth. The youth are a unique and dynamic constituency who are in danger of being left behind in the 2030 Agenda. Youth policy development, programming and interventions at global and national levels require good evidence based on disaggregated data. A youth indicator could be used to develop new policies and strengthen the existing ones for effective youth economic empowerment.
In this Amphitheatre Session, participants will discuss the value of adding a youth indicator to the monitoring framework, identifying the gaps that it would fill and the contribution it would make to improving the effectiveness of development co-operation.
The New Deal for Engagement
The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States recognizes that building mutual trust between states and societies is indispensable for resilience in countries in fragile situations. Development assistance should be channelled in ways that help to build that trust by enabling state institutions to fulfil their core responsibilities to provide essential services, such as those framed in the Peace-building and State-building Goals of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States.
Country ownership and leadership are central to effective development cooperation, as well as sovereignty considerations which recognize the importance of an inclusive state being able to exercise authority over its territory and be accountable to its population. States have core responsibilities for responding to citizens’ needs. This is what determines the legitimacy of state institutions. It is however, not an exclusive responsibility, hence the New Deal’s focus on legitimate politics and inclusive planning processes, grounded in the context and including the variety of stakeholders (civil society, private sector, parliaments), is crucial to develop and implement sustainable solutions.
This Amphitheatre Session will debate how to ensure that Leaving No-One Behind does not contradict country ownership, country leadership and use of country systems, which are at the core of development effectiveness.
dec110:30 am- 12:00 pmPlenary Session - Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth: Inclusivity and Mainstreaming for Effective and Accelerated Development10:30 am - 12:00 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting
Women and youth are drivers
Women and youth are drivers of sustainable development and are central to both the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals. Women’s rights organisations, gender equality advocates and youth movements have been calling for a shift in the dominant development discourse towards a more inclusive, sustainable and just economic paradigm that recognises and values reproductive and care work, promotes decent work, and facilitates the empowerment of women, girls and young people. The goal of this plenary session is to deliberate on the accountability of development stakeholders in relation to women’s rights, gender equality and the rights of the youth in the context of development co-operation.
It will call for accelerated efforts by all partners to unleash the power of youth and women as dynamic contributors to society, to protect and promote their economic rights, to create synergies, share good practices and leverage existing knowledge on the promotion of the economic empowerment of women and youth.
In 2012 Andy Sumner argued
In 2012 Andy Sumner argued that “half of the world’s poor live in India and China (mainly in India), a quarter of the world’s poor live in other MICs (primarily populous lower-income MICs such as Pakistan, Nigeria and Indonesia) and a quarter of the world’s poor live in the remaining 35 low-income countries. Underlying this pattern is a slightly more surprising one: only 7 percent of world poverty remains in low-income, stable countries” (Sumner, 2012, Where do the World’s Poor Live? A New Update, IDS Working Paper, Vol 2012, No 393). This raises the question of who is responsible for addressing poverty and reducing inequality in middle-income countries where the majority of the world’s poor are found.
In this Amphitheatre Session, we will debate whether the global development community should focus on eradicating extreme poverty in middle income countries when many of these countries have the resources to do so themselves.
The global community has committed
The global community has committed to achieving an ambitious agenda for sustainable development, promising that no-one will be left behind. We aim to achieve sustainable development for everyone, everywhere – for all countries and groups, and in particular for the most vulnerable in our societies.
This plenary will identify those at most risk of being left behind in two challenging contexts. It will first focus on fragile and conflict affected situations and then turn to people who are marginalized in middle-income countries. It will showcase action being taken to address the challenge of reaching those furthest left behind first, and agree ways in which all partners can work together to achieve effective sustainable development.
Issues to be focused on during the plenary include:
- The importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships;
- The role of national governments in policy making and enhancing state-citizen relations;
- The critical role that development effectiveness principles play in addressing poverty;
- Specific actions that each development actor can take to address poverty, inequality, vulnerability and exclusion; and
- How to work in partnership to achieve this.
Participants are encouraged to show-case country level examples of transformative action and the importance of systemic rather than single intervention responses.
The realisation of the SDGs
The realisation of the SDGs requires the engagement of all development actors and considerable stock has been placed on multi-stakeholder partnerships as a means to progress. Yet, it cannot be assumed that partnerships – whether involving dialogue, agreements or implementation – will be inclusive.
This Amphitheatre Session focuses on what kind of context is needed to make partnerships work. This will be done by identifying key enabling environment challenges for diverse actors to engage in effective and inclusive partnerships and provide a lively debate on actions that Global Partnership stakeholders can take.
With much focus on the
With much focus on the potential results of partnerships, little attention has been given to the process of partnering itself. Partnering can be challenging despite the best of intentions. This is due to a variety of factors, including conflicting interests, power imbalances between partners, changing contexts, poor partnering practices and unmanageable complexities.
This Amphitheatre Session will focus on practical solutions to facilitate effective partnerships at the country level to deliver on an inclusive and transformative agenda that leaves no-one behind. It will focus in particular on building an effective culture for partnering, aligning for impact behind national priorities and exploring how shared principles could help guide collaborative efforts that overcome potential conflicts of interest and benefit the broader collective.
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be as much about the effectiveness of development co-operation as it will be about the quantity and form that co-operation takes.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is marked by inclusivity, integration, and universality, with a fundamental shift expected in the development cooperation architecture. Improving the effectiveness, quality and impact of development co-operation in this context will require inclusive partnerships, innovative approaches and the application of lessons at country level.
The SDGs offer a comprehensive, cross-cutting and indivisible set of targets that serve as a roadmap to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Their realization will require all parties to work as genuine partners to work together effectively, across borders and sectors – for everyone and everywhere.
The third principle of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation – inclusive partnerships – deals with promoting, monitoring and learning from partnerships and stakeholder engagement.
In practice, this means that there is a need to better understand and further improve the effectiveness, quality and impact of partnerships. This requires a change in outlook and behaviour, innovation and the application of learning from earlier experiences.
This plenary session aims to create a sense of urgency on the need for effective partnerships in achieving the SDGs and will contribute to this in three ways. It will showcase the diversity of partnerships and how they work. It will then facilitate a dialogue on how we can boost multi-stakeholder partnering – based on lessons learned – in reaching the SDGs. Finally, it aims to identify key success factors and further action needed from the Global Partnership to enable, catalyse and support effective partnering.
Plenary event details are subject to change.
HLM2 Discussions - Now Closed
Help Shape the Future of Development Co-operation, Join the HLM2 Online Discussions!
We are less than two months away from HLM2; the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation. On 1st December 2016, national and sub-national governments, the business sector, civil society, trade unions, foundations, the heads of international development organisations and many more will meet to adopt the Nairobi Outcome Document. This document will contain commitments on development co-operation that stakeholders intend to support to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. HLM2 will be the only event in 2016 focused explicitly on development co-operation under Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals.
You can help shape this outcome! By participating in this online discussion, your ideas will inform the Nairobi Outcome Document.
From 12th October to 15th November, join the discussion convened by the Global Partnership and be heard on the following themes:
- Actions to improve the effectiveness of development co-operation;
- Leaving no-one behind; and
- Maximising the contribution of development practitioners – a multi-stakeholder approach.
To be notified when new discussions begin, please join our bi-monthly newsletter list.
Lidia Fromm Cea is a recognized academic and international speaker, with a solid experience in development. Her professional background is linked to development cooperation partners, as well as to the Honduran Government, where she served as Vice-minister for Social Policies in the Ministry for Social Development. She also served as Director General for Development Cooperation in the Ministry for Planning and Development Cooperation of Honduras, where she promoted a web-based information system that makes aid transparent, led the Paris Declaration Monitoring Survey and became Sherpa for the negotiations of the Busan Outcome Document in 2011. During the first semester of 2012, she also participated in the Post-Busan Interim Group responsible for defining the institutional arrangements of the new Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC).
Previously, she had worked for different international cooperation agencies such as the World Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), KfW Development Bank and the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GIZ) in Honduras. Lidia was invited to join the Monitoring Advisory Group established by the GPEDC Co-Chairs in 2015 to advice in refining the monitoring framework.
As of January 2015, she is the Executive Director of the Mesoamérica Integration and Development Project based in El Salvador, which is a regional platform for high-level political dialogue and implementation of regional projects in 9 sectors that contribute to development, regional integration and improving living conditions of over 226 million mesoamerican citizens in the ten member countries (Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic).
Always in the international field, she has been a guest lecturer on different topics, such as Development Cooperation and Aid Effectiveness, Human Development and Education in different countries like Germany, Dominican Republic, Korea and Central America. She is author of specialized books that have been published through the Educational and Cultural Coordination Central American Integration System (SICA/CECC) and other institutions.
Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, a macroeconomist and public policy analyst, is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) – a globally reputed think-tank in Bangladesh – where he had been earlier its first Executive Director. He was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the WTO, UN Office, and other international organisations in Geneva and Vienna. He was the Special Adviser on LDCs to the Secretary General, UNCTAD.
He chairs the Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals – a network of 49 thinks tanks from Africa, Asia and Latin America, which serves as an open platform for discussions on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He is also a member of GPEDC Monitoring Advisory Group, UNDP/OECD.
Dr Debapriya is engaged in high-level policy designing and advising for the national government and various bilateral and international development agencies at home and in a number of developing countries. He serves in the boards and working groups of a number of national, regional, and international development organisations and networks (e.g. BRAC International) and in the editorial board of reputed journals (e.g. Oxford Development Studies). He has published extensively on pro-poor macroeconomics; post-2015 international development agenda; trade, investment and finance; and issues related to the LDCs.
He holds a PhD in Economics from Plekhanov National Planning Institute, Moscow and had been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford. He held a number of visiting positions including Senior Fulbright Fellow at the Centre for Global Development (CGD), Washington DC.
Vitalice Meja has years of experience in the development policy lobbying and advocacy as well as research at national, regional and international level on issues of financing for development, debt, and official development assistance with both governments and the multilateral bodies. He is a specialist in development policy analysis in the areas of development cooperation, economic development, poverty reduction policies and micro finance as it relates to NGOs, government and intergovernmental organisations. He currently co-ordinates the Reality of Aid Africa Network – a pan African Network working on poverty eradication through effective development co-operation. Reality of Aid Africa are an integral part of the Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) involvement with the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPDEC) and currently involved with monitoring of its indicators which also include CSO enabling environment indicators. He is part of the Technical Working group of African Platform on development effectiveness charged with the responsibility of advising on the implementation of the GPDEC as well as African consensus on development effectiveness.
Effective use of finance is key in pursuing effective and sustainable development. Cooperation is part of this finance, making it imperative that countries that receive it lead actions to improve effectiveness and impact on the lives of citizens.
In this context, at the 4 th High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in 2011, countries agreed to continue working on unfinished business endorsed in the Paris Declaration, as well as support new actors for stronger ownership in an enabling environment to implement national development plans, ensuring that development cooperation follows effectiveness principles such as transparency, predictability and use of country systems.
The experience of managing development cooperation under Paris Declaration principles provided important lessons to the new cooperation arquitecture that has been established since Busan-e.g. avoiding fragmentation, promoting complementarity, improving predictability, ensuring country ownership and alignment with national development plans. Thus, this online consultation proves to be a great opportunity to advance dialogue on key actions in a reinforcing dynamic and feed the debate that will take place in the upcoming High-Level Meeting in Nairobi. This is also a valuable opportunity to collect thoughts on how to improve the effectiveness of development cooperation from different regions, taking a look at how the regional level may complement efforts from countries at the national level.
For these reasons, it is important to share insights as well as practical experiences in improving the effectiveness of development cooperation…the following set of questions may be the first inspirational step that triggers a robust and earnest discussion that may lead to a rich exchange of practical expriences in Nairobi.
- What improvements (and in which areas) have you experienced in development co-operation, provided to developing countries between 2012 and 2016?
- In what area(s) have you experienced little or no improvement in development co-operation provided to developing countries between 2012 and 2016?
- What additional (innovative?) actions might specific development practitioners take to improve the effectiveness of development cooperation in developing countries in the next five years?
Uneven and fragile delivery experience of the MDGs across and within countries underpinned the need for explicit incorporation of inclusivity in the new international development agenda. This profound realisation was expressed through the aspirational articulation “leaving no one behind” in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, implementation modalities of this much vaunted principle of distributive justice is now in need of clarification and elucidation.
Challenges that call for incisive addressing relate to identification and prioritisation of the groups who may potentially be excluded in a certain context; what types of policy interventions and institutional measures will ensure that these groups are not left behind; how these approaches could be mixed according to varied contextual realities. Moreover, it will be important to understand how the objective of leaving no one behind would be reflected in the follow-up and review process of the new global agenda.
In view of the above, two issues particularly stand out for critical consideration. First, how would one overcome the challenges of the lack of relevant disaggregated data that would be necessary for identifying the target population as well as monitoring the progress achieved. Second, what new demands will be faced by the international development cooperation system in order to comply with the principle of leaving no one behind. This would call for development practitioners to explore innovative and efficient ways to reach out to the marginal groups and countries.
The present online discussion seeks to address the above-mentioned issues and much more.
- How do we identify those most at risk of being left behind in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? What country, or type of country are they most likely to be from: conflict/crisis, LIC, petroleum exporting, etc. What other groups beyond women, child, seniors and indigenous people are most at risk?
- In addition to general public support systems or universal ones, what innovative actions might governments take to address the needs of the people at most risk of being left behind?
- What practices exist in the area of targeting the population at most risk of being left behind, that development practitioners can adopt to increase the efficiency and impact of what they do. Please provide examples on how development cooperation can be more effective for the people who are usually left behind?
The Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) was pivotal in consolidating the principle of inclusion as central to effective development cooperation The principle of inclusive partnerships highlights that development depends on the participation of all actors, and recognizes the diversity and complementarity of their functions.
A truly multi stakeholder process is one that encompasses the diversity of all development actors; it offers a framework for continued dialogue and efforts to enhance the effectiveness of development co-operation by tapping into the energies and resources of all the stakeholders in seeking solutions to a community and global problem. With such a partnership, development can realize its transformative potential.
The implications of inclusive partnerships are numerous and merit full attention, more so in light of the recognition that inclusiveness must be at the heart of the SDG agenda. The benefits of effective partnerships, however, do not appear overnight. Establishing an inclusive process takes time, and requires the right framework, one with a governance structure that truly reflects the multi-stakeholder nature of development today.
Only then can development partners, governments, civil society, parliamentarians and other key stakeholders in development be able to participate and work in partnership to design and implement development policies and programs that transform people’s lives. Important to note is that openness, trust, mutual respect and learning, lie at the core of inclusive partnerships and any multi stakeholder process in support of development goals. Furthermore recognizing the different and complementary roles of all actors remains key to any multi stakeholder process.
- What example have you experienced where development practitioners have worked well together to support sustainable development in your community or Country?
- In your experience, which development practitioners work best together and what are the preconditions for this to happen?
- What actions might you as a development practitioner take to improve the way you work together with other practitioners to achieve sustainable development?