Development leaders discuss Global Partnership at UN meeting

The Global Partnership held a side event at the Development Co-operation Forum High Level Symposium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 5 June 2013. The symposium brought together a range of policy-makers and practitioners to discuss the renewed global partnership for development in the post-2015 era.

Dr. Chii Akporji, Special Advisor to Co-Chair Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, provided an overview of the Global Partnership’s work and how it could contribute to the design and implementation of a post-2015 development framework.

Panelists representing a number of constituencies – including “traditional” donors, developing countries, small island developing states, the private sector, foundations, and civil society – as well as members of the audience discussed effective development cooperation, including in global development post-2015.

It was noted that the shift at Busan from “aid effectiveness” to “effective development cooperation” does not mean donors can step back from their commitments.

Aid predictability and untying aid are tracked through global goals, and international commitments in other areas of development cooperation, including aid levels, should continue to be honored.

Participants stressed that implementation of commitments on effective development cooperation should be grounded in countries’ national processes.

Developing countries are moving ahead with implementation of Busan commitments at the country level. They are incorporating Busan principles into accountability mechanisms; linking development cooperation with reforms in other areas, such as climate finance and effective institutions; looking at ways to bring in new, “non-traditional” development partners into development cooperation mechanisms; and using regional platforms as a way of following the agenda.

The event also highlighted the importance of delivering on the promise of Busan to look at how a range of different partners - including donors, South-South co-operation partners and others - participate in country-led mechanisms

Foundations offer important resources and innovative approaches that can inform the work of other development partners, as foundations in turn learn from existing efforts to improve the effectiveness of development co-operation. Expanding engagement of the private sector in development cooperation should be a positive for both business and government, and should not overlook small business and the informal economy in developing countries. Promoting a country-level environment that fosters the engagement of civil society in development is critical, as civil society continues to be a crucial partner in all areas of development cooperation, including in ensuring inclusiveness of development cooperation efforts.

Panelists at the event included Henok Assefa, Managing Partner at Precise Consult International in Addis Ababa; Cristina Matusse, Deputy National Director of Planning in the Mozambique Ministry of Planning and Development; Noumea Simi, Assistant CEO at the Samoa Ministry of Finance; Tony Tujan, International Director of IBON International; and Anne Welsh, Chairperson of the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation in London.

For more information on the DCF High Level Symposium, please see the DCF website at http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/dcfethiopia.shtml