10 February 2017
The 2nd High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (HLM2) was an important moment to ensure that Aid and Development Effectiveness commitments are upheld and all stakeholders commit to being accountable. For CSOs it was important to have an honest conversation around how all stakeholders have delivered on their commitments to make development cooperation effective in reducing poverty and inequality despite the challenging landscape.
The moment was crucial as all development partners were expected to maximise commitments to contribute in delivering the ambitious 2030 Agenda. GPEDC, as a multi-stakeholder platform, should demonstrate good practice in delivering on commitments and producing results. The Busan Principles of democratic ownership, focus on results, inclusive development partnerships, and transparency and accountability should be the impetus for behavior change.
In the HLM2, the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) championed the universal application of effective development cooperation principles. Our call was for all parties committed to the Effective Development Co-operation principles to be accountable; to continue to work with civil society as equal partners and to commit to people and planet over profit.
CSOs worked hard throughout the negotiation process and CPDE appreciates the resulting Nairobi Outcome Document (NOD). We welcome the upholding of previous commitments as central to moving forward with the effective development cooperation agenda. By doing so, the NOD not only advances the role of the GPEDC, it strengthens the role of effective development co-operation in advancing the 2030 Agenda.
CPDE recognises the GPEDC’s resolve “to reverse the trend of shrinking of civic space…” and the commitment to “…providing an enabling environment for civil society” (§18). References to “International Labour Organisation standards, United Nations Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises” (§80) for the business sector’s work in development were also important features of the document.
We commend all present in HLM2 for these achievements. Particularly, we recognise Kenya’s skillful facilitation of the NOD negotiations that made this possible. Through its leadership, stronger language on gender equality, women’s empowerment and youth’s role in development was realised.
Despite these important achievements, CPDE still has some concerns.
This document is CPDE’s assessment of the Nairobi Outcome Document against our advocacy imperatives.
Read the Nairobi Outcome Document here.