The Global Partnership’s biennial monitoring exercise is led by partner country governments, and brings together development partners, civil society, the private sector, parliaments, local governments and others, to strengthen the effectiveness of their partnerships.

2019 Global Progress Report

The Third Monitoring Round of the Global Partnership was launched in June 2018. 86 partner countries and territories, in collaboration with more than 100 development partners, provided data as part of the monitoring exercise.

The 2019 Global Progress report is being released sequentially. Part I of the Report (now available here) focuses on country ownership and examines how partner countries are putting in place the building blocks for an effective, whole-of-society development effort. Part II focuses on how effectively development partners support such country-led efforts.

Why do countries monitor?

Smarter co-operation and stronger country-level partnerships are key to achieving sustainable development. Supported by the Global Partnership, participating governments monitor effective development co-operation commitments at the country level, tracking progress against ten indicators to ensure that all development efforts are in line with four internationally-agreed principles for effective co-operation.

Country governments consider the monitoring exercise as a useful instrument to establish or strengthen their national co-operation policies and multi-stakeholder co-ordination mechanisms; and as part of their broader support to tracking and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, including through generating data for SDG 17 and SDG 5.

Who participates in the monitoring?

Participation in the monitoring exercise is voluntary for all stakeholders. The process is led by partner countries, in consultation with their development partners and other important domestic actors.

Since 2011, 99 countries have led these exercises in collaboration with the vast majority of bilateral and multilateral development partners and other important domestic actors.

You can find an up to date list of countries who participated in the 2018 monitoring round here.

Key Tools and Resources

Country Governments

Why should you participate in the monitoring round?

The Global Partnership monitoring exercise helps countries strengthen co-ordination between all partners and alignment of development efforts with national priorities. National governments and their partners can use monitoring data to track progress in meeting effective co-operation commitments and support evidence-based dialogue on successes, challenges and follow-up actions. The monitoring exercise also complements the SDG follow-up and review process by generating the data for SDG 5 and SDG 17 targets.

Each Global Partnership monitoring exercise culminates in a Global Progress Report, a snapshot of international progress on making development co-operation more effective, and individual country profiles, which summarise national progress and challenges. Participating countries and organisations can also assess and compare results with peers or across contexts using the Global Partnership Monitoring Dashboard.

How does the monitoring exercise work in practice?
  1. Partner country governments lead the national monitoring exercise, appointing a national co-ordinator, who is usually an official sitting at the ministry overseeing the management of development co-operation, and organises the participation of development partners.
  2. As a multi-stakeholder process under the leadership of the national co-ordinator, key partners are asked to provide information to the government on selected indicators. These partners typically includes traditional and emerging bilateral and multilateral development partners as well as other important domestic actors.
  3. To minimise any reporting burden, many indicators rely on typically available information or data already captured in countries’ own information systems and processes. The Global Partnership supports obtaining others.
  4. The government validates the findings with its partners and submits the results to the Global Partnership’s OECD-UNDP Joint Support Team.
Tools to support your participation
  • Support to lead the exercise: We provide tools, guidance, certified training and assist government officials in leading the monitoring exercise, as soon as the country’s participation is confirmed. These tools and training will be made available in this web page starting July.
  • Support after the exercise: We help aggregate, analyse and process the data in user-friendly formats, to support your country and international efforts to ensure effectiveness for sustainable development, including SDG followup and review and voluntary national reviews. We also produce individual country profiles, in coordination with the government, to support your role in leading dialogue, dissemination and action with your development partners.We help you interpret, compare and analyse the monitoring findings, including through the Monitoring Dashboard.We provide additional tools to help countries present the results and inform dialogue and action at the country level and in international fora.
How do you confirm your participation?

To join the monitoring round, your ministry should inform the Global Partnership’s OECD-UNDP Joint Support Team at To benefit from full support and training from the onset of the exercise, please contact us during the month of June 2018.


2018 Monitoring Round Brochure (For Country Governments)


2018 Monitoring Guide for National Co-ordinators

Strategic Booklet

2018 Monitoring Checklist

Technical Companion Document
(for reference only)

PowerPoint Template:
Managing a Successful Monitoring Round at the Country Level

Reporting Tools
Country Excel

Development Partner Excel

Exchange Rate Tool

Training Materials

Development Partners

Why should you participate in the monitoring round?

National governments and their partners can use monitoring data to track progress in meeting effective co-operation commitments and support evidence-based dialogue on successes, challenges and follow-up actions. The exercise also complements the SDG follow-up and review process by supplying data for SDG 5 and SDG 17 targets.

Global Partnership monitoring exercises culminate in inclusive dialogue at country level, led by the government and oriented to address identified issues. Country profiles and tool kits support the action on the results. Data is also aggregated, analysed, and shared to inform regional and international dialogue and decision-making. Results are also reported in the Global Partnership Progress Report, the annual United Nations’ SDG and Financing-for-Development reports, and the OECD’s DAC Peer Reviews and Development Co-operation Report. A Monitoring Dashboard also help countries and partners assess and compare their results.

How does the monitoring exercise work in practice?
  1. Bilateral and multilateral development partners appoint a headquarters (HQ) focal point, to guide their overall engagement in the 2018 monitoring round. Contact details are shared with the Joint Support Team at .
  2. As soon as partner countries confirm participation in the round, HQ focal points can either:
    • Identify a contact person in the relevant country office or embassy and share contact details with the national co-ordinator and Joint Support Team;
    • Serve as contact person for country data requests, if needed (e.g. due to lack of country-level presence).
  3. To support the government, one development partner (preferably the chair of existing donor co-ordination mechanisms) acts as development partner focal point.
  4. User-friendly guidance, tools and short videos will be provided to help participants understand and provide inputs to the process. These tools and guidance will be available in this page during July 2018.
  5. By the end of the process, development partner officials from both HQ and country level will have had a chance to ensure data accuracy.
How do you ensure good engagement in the 2018 round?

As a first step, please share the contact details of the headquarter focal point with the Joint Support Team at as soon as possible.

Guidance and Training Materials
Reporting Tools
Development Partner Excel

Exchange Rate Tool

Other Stakeholders

Guidance for Other Stakeholders
Civil Society

Private Sector

Trade Unions


The Global Partnership’s third monitoring round was carried out with funding by the European Union.

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