A new OECD-UNDP report examines progress: Is development co-operation becoming more effective?

Nov 3, 2016

New York - A new report finds that 99 percent of the 81 low and middle-income countries and territories participating in a recent monitoring process have national development strategies in place. This demonstrates that these countries are taking the lead in setting their own priorities and programmes. Strong institutional partnerships at the country level have provided a solid foundation to build mutual trust and underpin transparency and accountability for implementing the principles of effective development co-operation.

Making Development Co-operation More Effective: 2016 Progress Report outlines positive results in improving the effectiveness of development co-operation, even in the face of volatility and tightening budgets resulting from global financial and economic crises.

Co-authored by UNDP and the OECD under the auspices of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, the report reviews progress towards more effective development co-operation against the development effectiveness principles agreed at the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan (2011), and also provides a useful baseline for actions needed to make development co-operation work better to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Drawing on record participation, both in terms of numbers and diversity of stakeholders, the report covers 89 percent of development co-operation programmed for the 81 low and middle-income countries and territories that participated in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation’s Second Monitoring Round (2015-2016).

The report notes the need to adapt the modalities and norms of co-operation to the changing face of development. Countries are seeing an increase in the quantity and diversity of private and public resources available, including domestic and private finance. Development co-operation can act as a catalyst for other flows, while providing critical finance for the countries most in need.

The growing number of development co-operation partners, instruments and modalities, however, poses challenges for countries as they strive to strategically manage their development resources. They need predictable resources to plan effectively. Findings from the report indicate that short-term funding has maintained a good level of predictability, with over 80 percent of funds being disbursed as planned. Medium-term predictability, on the other hand, remains a challenge.

“Development partners have improved medium-term predictability of development co-operation only marginally (by 4 percent)”, say the authors, a joint OECD and UNDP team.

Despite these challenges, the report reveals a promising evolution towards more inclusive partnerships amongst governments, civil society organisations and the private sector – another key principle underpinning effective development co-operation. Yet it acknowledges that more effort is required to unblock bottlenecks and support more systematic and strategic involvement of non-governmental stakeholders.

Complementary to this report, UNDP has also produced a series of country-specific monitoring profiles based on data collected from governments and development partners during the Second Monitoring Round. The profiles provide a snapshot of a country or territory’s progress in implementing the effective development co-operation principles and summarise national context alongside results for individual indicators, analysis, trends and policy recommendations, enabling better data comparability and quality.

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation will bring together ministers, business leaders, heads of international organisations, civil society and parliamentarians at its upcoming High-Level Meeting in Nairobi, 30 November-1 December, where they will share data and lessons from this report.

“These findings will underpin inclusive dialogue on the individual and collective action that is still needed to enhance development impact and yield sustainable results on the ground,” state the co-chairs of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation – ministers from Malawi, Mexico, and the Netherlands. The UNDP and OECD jointly support this partnership.


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New York – Yuko Suzuki Naab (Yuko.suzuki@undp.org) +1 212 906 6509  

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