UNDP-OECD report finds strong commitment to improve development cooperation
Paris / New York—Efforts to open up an opportunity for developing countries to have a bigger voice in development are starting to make a tangible difference to how development cooperation is carried out, a new UNDP-OECD report finds.
“Making Development Cooperation More Effective: 2014 Progress Report” finds that global economic turbulence, conflicts in parts of the world, and budgetary pressures in many high-income countries have not shaken the international community’s determination to making development cooperation work better.
The report reviews progress at the half-way point between 2011, when new commitments were made globally, and the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
Drawing on data from 46 developing countries receiving development cooperation and 77 countries and organizations providing it, the report covers almost half of all official development assistance programmed for developing countries.
The report presents a new approach that gives developing countries a stronger leading role in ensuring greater impact of development cooperation. The report draws its assessment on the monitoring framework designed to reflect recipient countries’ priorities for effective development cooperation, and draws on data from their own information systems.
‘Longstanding efforts to change the way development cooperation is delivered are paying off’, the report says. The report finds that country ownership continues to strengthen, and there is stronger recognition of the important role played by non-state development actors in development. Successes in improving the quality of aid delivery include untying aid and sharing information on development cooperation more transparently. Yet the report acknowledges that much more needs to be done to improve cooperation practices to fully respond to developing countries’ priorities and ensure benefits to their citizens.
The Global Partnership helps nations, business and organizations work better together to end poverty. It was conceived at the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea, in December 2011. Ministers from developing countries and high-income countries, business leaders, heads of international organizations, civil society and parliamentarians will come together at the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Mexico City on 15-16 April to share lessons learned and agree on actions to boost progress.
The report provides a central piece of evidence to answer the question of whether development cooperation has become more effective in the past two years. ‘The quality – not just the quantity – of development cooperation is receiving a great deal of attention all over the world, and it is improving’, state the ministers from Indonesia, Nigeria and the United Kingdom leading the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. The UNDP and OECD jointly support its functioning.
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