The Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership solidified the Partnership as an essential part of the ‘how’ to work with all partners and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Hosted by the government of Kenya, and attended by more than 4,600 delegates from 157 countries including heads of state and government, ministers, parliamentarians and leaders from international organisations, business, civil society and foundations, participants attended seven plenary sessions, 10 Amphitheatre sessions, 57 side events and 120 exhibitions to:

  • Take stock of the implementation of the internationally-agreed development effectiveness principles and commitments
  • Provide a learning space on development effectiveness, showcasing successful examples
  • Identify innovative approaches to sustainable development that can be scaled up
  • Position the Global Partnership to effectively contribute to implementation of the SDGs and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda
  • Produce the Nairobi Outcome Document, charting a path forward for all development actors to realise their complementary contributions to implementing Agenda 2030 and realising the SDGs

The Nairobi Outcome Document

The Outcome Document was endorsed at the High-Level Meeting, charting a path forward for all development actors to realise their complementary contributions to implementing Agenda 2030 and realizing the SDGs.

Read the Nairobi Outcome Document

12 Reasons Why HLM2 Mattered

HLM2 Event Materials

HLM2 Agenda and Logistical Note

Organising the HLM2

The HLM2 was 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 called 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 were needed by all partners to unleash the power of youth and women as dynamic contributors to society. The Government of Kenya led special focus discussions on economic empowerment of women and youth – inclusivity and mainstreaming for effective and accelerated development at the HLM2.

Preparatory Days

HLM2 was 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 were 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 was held on Tuesday 29 November and the findings provided timely input into the discussions at forums.

High-Level Ministerial Segment

The two-day high-level meeting (30 November–1 December 2016) offered 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 included 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 focused 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


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At the margins of main plenary sessions, the HLM2 side events enabled interactive multi-stakeholder dialogue on improving the effectiveness of development co-operation, and the HLM2 Market Place provided 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 were held at KICC, either in conference rooms or in tents on the KICC grounds. The conference rooms were Shimba Hills, Lenana, Aberdares, Impala/ Turkana, Taifa, and the Amphitheatre and the tent venues were Flamingo, Heron, Sunbird, Peacock, Robin.



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(Last update: 28 November, 2016)

28novAll DayYouth Forum - Creating an Enabling Environment for Meaningful Youth Involvement in the Development Effectiveness Agenda: from Presence to Influence(All Day: monday) Event Type :Global Partnership

28novAll DayWomen’s Forum - Keeping Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Front and Centre of the Development Effectiveness Agenda(All Day: monday) Event Type :Global Partnership

28novAll DayDevelopment Finance Assessment Symposium - Financing the SDGs in the Era of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda(All Day: monday) Taifa RoomEvent Type :Global Partnership

29nov10:00 am6:00 pmBusiness Forum10:00 am - 6:00 pm Aberdare RoomEvent Type :Global Partnership

29nov7:30 am6:00 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

29nov8:30 am6:00 pmPhilanthropy Forum - Partnering for Development: A Balancing Act8:30 am - 6:00 pm Impala / Turkana RoomEvent Type :Global Partnership

29nov9:30 am6:30 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

29nov8:30 am6:00 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

29nov8:30 am6:00 pmINCAF Director Level Meeting - (Closed Meeting)8:30 am - 6:00 pm Taifa RoomEvent Type :Global Partnership

november 2016

30nov8:00 am9:00 amSide Events8:00 am - 9:00 am Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov9:00 am9:45 amAmphitheatre Session - What Do We Gain Or Lose By Expanding the Development Effectiveness Agenda?9:00 am - 9:45 am Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov9:00 am10:30 amPlenary Session - Taking Stock: Progress and Challenges for Effective Development9:00 am - 10:30 am Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov9:45 am10:30 amAmphitheatre Session - Sustainable Development and its Financing: the Use of Country-led Results Frameworks9:45 am - 10:30 am Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov10:30 am11:00 amCoffee Break10:30 am - 11:00 am Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov11:00 am12:00 pmOpening Ceremony11:00 am - 12:00 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov12:00 pm1:30 pmHigh-Level Interactive Dialogue - Unleashing the Potential of Development Co-operation to Attract Private Investment12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov1:30 pm3:30 pmLunch Break1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov1:30 pm2:30 pmSide Events1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov2:30 pm3:30 pmSide Events2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov3:30 pm3:45 pmCoffee Break3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov3:45 pm5:15 pmPlenary Session - Moving Forward: How Effective Development Can Deliver the 2030 Agenda3:45 pm - 5:15 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov3:45 pm5:15 pmAmphitheatre Session - Get in the Ring Nairobi: Start Me Up Africa!3:45 pm - 5:15 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov5:30 pm6:15 pmAmphitheatre Session - South-South Partnerships for Africa’s Development: Improving Accountability5:30 pm - 6:15 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov5:30 pm7:00 pmPlenary Session - Our Shared Future: Achieving Prosperous Business, Thriving Society, and a Healthy Environment5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov6:15 pm7:00 pmAmphitheatre Session - Multi-dimensional Poverty: Southern Experiences6:15 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

30nov7:00 pmDinner Reception and Cultural Night7:00 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

Plenary event details are subject to change.

december 2016

01dec7:30 am8:30 amSide Events7:30 am - 8:30 am Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec8:30 am9:15 amAmphitheatre Session - Recognizing and Valuing Women’s Contribution in Economic Development8:30 am - 9:15 am Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec8:30 am10:00 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

01dec9:15 am10:00 amAmphitheatre Session - An Indicator on Youth in the Monitoring Framework: the Missing Link?9:15 am - 10:00 am Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec10:00 am10:30 amCoffee Break10:00 am - 10:30 am Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec10:30 am11:15 amAmphitheatre Session - Leaving No-One Behind and Country Ownership: A Contradiction?10:30 am - 11:15 am Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec10:30 am12:00 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

01dec11:15 am12:00 pmAmphitheatre Session - Eradicating Poverty in Middle-Income Countries: Whose Responsibility?11:15 am - 12:00 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec12:00 pm1:00 pmSide Events12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec12:00 pm2:00 pmLunch Break12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec1:00 pm2:00 pmSide Events1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec2:00 pm2:45 pmAmphitheatre Session - Enabling Environment for Partnerships2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec2:00 pm3:30 pmPlenary Session - Our Greatest Challenge: Leaving No-One Behind2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec2:45 pm3:30 pmAmphitheatre Session - Improving the Quality of Partnerships2:45 pm - 3:30 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec3:30 pm3:45 pmCoffee Break3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec3:45 pm5:15 pmPlenary Session - From Global Goals to Action: Unleashing the Power of Partnerships3:45 pm - 5:15 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

01dec5:30 pm6:30 pmClosing Ceremony5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Event Type :2016 High-Level Meeting

Plenary event details are subject to change.

HLM2 Archived Discussions

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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:

  1. Actions to improve the effectiveness of development co-operation;
  2. Leaving no-one behind; and
  3. Maximising the contribution of development practitioners – a multi-stakeholder approach.

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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.

Busan Outcome Document

Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness:

  1. What improvements (and in which areas) have you experienced in development co-operation, provided to developing countries between 2012 and 2016?
  2. In what area(s) have you experienced little or no improvement in development co-operation provided to developing countries between 2012 and 2016?
  3. 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.

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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.

  1. What example have you experienced where development practitioners have worked well together to support sustainable development in your community or Country?
  2. In your experience, which development practitioners work best together and what are the preconditions for this to happen?
  3. What actions might you as a development practitioner take to improve the way you work together with other practitioners to achieve sustainable development?

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