Global Partnership launches country-focused annual workshop in Seoul

SEOUL, Korea — Less than a year ahead of the Millenium Development Goal (MDG) deadline of 2015, some 100 representatives, officials and experts from civil society, trade unions, governments and the academe met in Seoul, Korea for the Annual Busan Global Partnership Workshop last 6-7 Nov 2014 to discuss ways on how to make development work best in their own countries.

Initiated and hosted by the Republic of Korea, the workshop serves to lead international discussion on ways to enhance the effectiveness of development assistance at the country-level by looking at and learning from the monitoring framework developed by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC).

“We need to make sure that the monitoring framework speaks to the challenges we are facing now. Going forward, we should be monitoring the way that development actors are changing their behavior,” said Richard Ssewakiryanga of the Uganda National NGO Forum (UNGOF) and Co-Chair of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE).

Global light, country heavy

The workshop builds on a number of qualitative case studies presented by different stakeholders reflecting how inclusive and multi-stakeholder partnerships are working at the country level.

The CPDE highlighted some examples of multi-stakeholder partnerships in Kyrgyzstan and the shrinking space for CSOs in Honduras and in many other countries.

“We’ve been talking about global light, country heavy but what is heavy at the country level is the insecurity of being a civil society organisation,” Ssewakiryanga said as he reminded delegates about shrinking civil society space in countries who signed the Busan Partnership agreement.

Following discussions on how to improve the monitoring framework, CSOs also emphasised the importance of finalizing the indicators especially indicator 2 that looks into the progress of creating an enabling environment for CSOs.

“We need to think about how to make the monitoring indicators correspond better to the political realities we’re facing now, and it’s more than just about getting into action, I think it’s about moving beyond words and actually doing something,” said Amy Dodd, coordinator of the U.K. Aid Network (UKAN).

The global monitoring framework tracks progress on the commitments and actions agreed in 2011 at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea. The framework consists of ten indicators that measure progress in improving the effectiveness of development co-operation in specific areas, such as the transparency and predictability of aid, gender equality and an enabling environment for CSOs.

Steering committee (SC) members represented in the workshop were gathered for an informal SC meeting to discuss the strategic positioning of the GPEDC within the post-2015 and Financing for Development processes.

The meeting also raised the proposal to create an Independent Advisory Group (IAG) that will assist the Global Partnership in improving monitoring efforts and effective development practices on the ground.#

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