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Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation Launches Consultations

global-partnership9 September 2013: The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation has launched a series of online discussions involving stakeholders and practitioners in preparation for its First Ministerial-Level Meeting in Mexico in 2014. The First Ministerial-Level Meeting will build on the outcomes of the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, which took place in Busan, Republic of Korea, in 2011 (HLF-4, Busan Forum).

Five online discussions are taking place on: knowledge sharing, South-South and triangular cooperation and development in middle-income countries, from 9-20 September; domestic resource mobilization, tax reform and illicit flows, from 16-27 September; private sector engagement, also from 16-27 September; inclusive development and partnerships, from 25 September-11 October; and progress since Busan, also from 25 September-11 October. The Partnership invites those interested to register by emailing community@effectivecooperation.org

The Global Partnership facilitates cooperation among States, business and organizations to bring about an end to poverty. Three co-chairs lead the Global Partnership: Armida Alisjahbana, Minister for National Development Planning, Indonesia; Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, UK; and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, Nigeria. The Partnership is supported by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

The Global Partnership steering committee has met three times, most recently from 25-26 July 2013, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where they planned for the Mexico ministerial meeting, took stock of progress made since Busan, and discussed African priorities for development cooperation. In her remarks at that meeting, Co-Chair Okonjo-Iweala recalled the principles endorsed in Busan: ensuring developing countries have ownership of development priorities; focusing on results; establishing inclusive development partnerships; and maintaining transparency and accountability to each other. She called on donors to support African countries in the areas of resource management, good governance, and transparency; physical and human infrastructure; growth, accompanied by employment and inclusion; and improved delivery in implementation. She urged partners to enhance the relevance of the work of the Global Partnership by using it to deliver on the post-2015 development agenda.

According to UN Assistant Secretary-General and Chief of Partnerships for UNDP Sigrid Kaag, a member of the steering committee, the agenda for the Ministerial-level Meeting will address changes in the architecture of development, and include: domestic resource mobilization, the role of the private sector, South-South and triangular cooperation, and knowledge sharing.

In addition, on 25-27 August, a workshop on implementing the Global Partnership in Asia took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This workshop aimed to create a regional action plan for development cooperation, including a regional peer support mechanism to help countries adapt global initiatives into national programmes. Participants from Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam attended the workshop. [Announcement of online consultations] [Press Release on Third Steering Committee Meeting] [Statement of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala] [Interview with Sigrid Kaag] [Press Release on Dhaka workshop] [IISD RS Story on Partnership Decisions]