Wednesday, 25 November 2015 00:00

Regional Pre-Monitoring Workshop for Africa: Realizing the Principles of Effective Development Cooperation

The regional pre-monitoring workshop for Africa took place on 16-17 November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop, hosted by the NEPAD Agency and UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa and organized by the OECD/UNDP Joint Support Team with financial contribution from the European Union, brought together over 40 countries and representatives from CSOs as well as the UN Regional Economic Commissions. The workshop provided an opportunity for national coordinators and other stakeholders to familiarise themselves with the overall monitoring framework of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC); the set of 10 indicators, as well as the process, timelines, and respective roles and responsibilities as countries engage in the 2015-2016 monitoring round. The workshop also provided an opportunity for mutual learning with regard to country implementation of the effective development cooperation principles and related monitoring efforts.

Some key ideas emerged from the regional discussion:

In the context of implementing the transformative Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, country ownership and leadership will play a critical role and, to ensure sustained efforts, participants reiterated that national development plans and priorities need to reflect this ambitious agenda. Critical factors within this partnership are the quality of cooperation and the catalytic nature of development cooperation to boost the broadest engagement from development stakeholders –including the private sector– towards sustainable development and poverty eradication. This can only be possible with monitoring efforts, with clear targets and performance evaluations, to keep all stakeholders accountable to their mutual but differentiated commitments.

Multi-stakeholder dialogue and inclusiveness are important aspects of development cooperation. The principles of effective development cooperation and the monitoring of quality and effectiveness of partnership can facilitate in-country multi-stakeholder dialogue and maximize roles of all actors.

Country-level frameworks that bring together government institutions across various sectors as well as development stakeholders remain critical. Many countries have already began strengthening of frameworks, including stronger Country Results Frameworks, ; comprehensive and integrated Development Cooperation Strategies, guided by the National Development Plans, that brings various development actors together for a common goal.

Transparency of development activities by all stakeholders remains a challenge at the country level. While noting on good progress made on global level transparency, countries continue to face challenges of having adequate information by all stakeholders to allow stronger country ownership over development activities. User-friendly and updated data and information need to be relevant for country needs. Country level monitoring provides an opportunity to strengthen availability of information and data, which in turn could spark multi-stakeholder policy dialogue and accountability to move the development effectiveness agenda forward.

Participants emphasized the importance of the principle of Mutual Accountability at all levels. The importance to inform and be informed, share the information and coordinate for effective development cooperation was stressed from the government, development partners and Civil Society's perspectives.

Existing mechanisms can facilitate the GPEDC monitoring and consultation process in many countries. Participants called for all stakeholders to fully engage in this process and report information/data in a timely manner, to support the monitoring process and to consolidate multi-stakeholder dialogue at country level.

Countries are also exploring a number of innovative ways to manage development cooperation effectively and build up robust development resources to implement the transformative SDGs. It is evident that resources are sometimes concentrated on a limited number of programs and the strategies for budget preparation can be improved. To render success, support should be provided to different sectors.
Participants showed strong interest to prepare and support the next High-Level Meeting in Kenya, calling for the 2nd High-Level Meeting of the GPEDC to set a renewed vision for stronger multi-stakeholder partnerships. Findings from the 2015-2016 monitoring round should be shared at national, regional and global levels to support the preparation of that high-level international meeting.

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