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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 00:00

An Overview of the GPEDC Second Monitoring Round

1.  Overview

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC, also referred to in this article as “Global Partnership”), of which CPDE is a full member, is undertaking a Second Monitoring Round of Busan commitments in preparation for the Second High Level Meeting, which is to be held in Nairobi in November 2016.  See the Second Round Monitoring site.

The GPEDC will be monitoring ten indicators, based on Busan commitments to aid and development effectiveness made at the High Level Meeting in 2011, and agreed in June 2012.  A summary of the ten indicators is attached in Annex One.  CPDE will focus country contributions on five of the ten indicators (#1 (alignment with country results), #2 (CSO enabling environment), #3 (private sector / government dialogue), #7 (mutual accountability), and #8 (gender equality), but with particular emphasis on #2. Data for other indicators are either global or highly technical.

The Joint Support Team (JST) for the GPEDC has prepared a comprehensive Monitoring Guide, which is also available in French and in Spanish.  This Guide is an essential tool.  The Guide sets out the detailed methodology for each indicator, the data to be collected, and the process to be followed.  This indicator methodology has been agreed by the GPEDC’s Steering Committee and is fixed for Round Two Monitoring.  A Monitoring Advisory Group is currently examining the methodology and indicator framework to offer advice to the Steering Committee for future monitoring rounds.

The monitoring is country-focused (although two indicators [#4 – transparency and #10 – aid tying] are monitored at the global level).  Monitoring is voluntary, with more than 70 partner countries committed to undertake the second round.  Each partner country government has appointed a national coordinator (terms of reference), who has overall responsibility for the monitoring process and submits validated country data to the Joint Support Team.  While all countries are encouraged to provide information for all eight country-level indicators, the option to do only a selection of indicators is also possible, given the voluntary nature of the process.  There are also processes for other stakeholders to submit to the JST, documentation for the indicators at the global level, and in some circumstances, at the country level.

Unique to the second monitoring round, the Steering Committee and the JST are actively encouraging a multi-stakeholder process.  Stakeholder focal points are therefore a key component of the country level process.  In addition to a CSO focal point, in many of the 70+ countries there may also focal points for aid providers, trade unions and the private sector.  CPDE is committed to support its focal points with training in the coming weeks to effectively engage in this country process, including trade union focal points, where applicable and requested.

The monitoring process began in early November with a series of regional training workshops, conducted by the JST.  The following is the broad schedule for monitoring process (with country process in yellow):

September – mid-November 2015

Launch and training of national coordinators

November 2015 – March 2016

Country-level data collection

March 2016

Country data validation for all indicators

April – May 2016

JST data processing and final review of country data

June – September 2016

JST aggregation, analysis and Progress Report production

September – November 2016

Dialogue and dissemination & Nairobi High Level Meeting

2.  What are the roles of the CSO Focal Point?

The JST has created a set of terms of reference for the CSO focal point, which can be found here (French), (Spanish).

The main roles are threefold –

  1. To maintain contact and engage the national coordinator for the country monitoring process on indicator data collection and validation, particularly for those indicators that are relevant to CSOs.
  2. To develop with the national coordinator a national strategy for gathering and validating data for indicator two on CSO enabling environment (for other indicators in many countries the main role may be limited to validation of data).
  3. To ensure that a broad range of CSOs and CSO networks are engaged in the monitoring process, and in particular in providing evidence and validating information for the four modules of questions relating to indicator two on the CSO enabling environment (see the framework for indicator two in Annex Two).

In addition to these main areas of responsibility, Annex Three includes some “minimal conditions” that should shape an effective engagement by the CSO Focal Point in the monitoring process for indicator two.  These conditions were agreed by CPDE in Stockholm in October 2015.

Please note that CPDE expects in some countries the national coordinator may choose not to implement indicator two (and perhaps other indicators).  We will be developing strategies in the upcoming training for CSO focal points to respond to these circumstances.

The CPDE’s Working Group on Enabling Environment will be coordinating a global CPDE submission to the JST of evidence on trends in the CSO enabling environment (using the framework of questions for indicator two).  An important source of evidence for this global report will be the contributions of CSOs in their country monitoring process, as facilitated by the CSO Focal Point.  This evidence must be collected and validated by CSO networks before the end of February (see point 3 above).  This timeline is necessary not only for the national coordinator (who should include it in a national validation workshop in March 2016), but also for the CPDE Enabling Environment Working Group compiling its own evidence to be submitted at the end of March or early April.

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