Dev’t actors examine role of partnerships in financing for development

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CPDE Side Event at the Third International Conference for Financing for Development (FFD3)

(ADDIS ABABA) 13 July – As the first day of the Financing for Development (FFD3) intergovernmental negotiations kicks off, different stakeholders gathered in Addis Ababa to examine the role of development partnerships in financing development.

The side event titled “Matching Quantity with Quality: How Multi-stakeholder dialogue can enhance financing for development,” focused on lessons drawn from on-ground experiences of various development actors including donor governments, developing countries, the private sector and civil society.

‘We need each other’

Recounting lessons from previous partnership models, Director-General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) Charlotte Petri Gornitzka shared her insights on how development objectives can only be delivered through an open multi-stakeholder dialogue.

“In financing for development, we need not just the money, we need each other,” she added.

From the experience of Uganda, Minister of Finance Henry Banyenzaki emphasized how partnerships between parliament and civil society can bring harmony, transparency and accountability to the table. Banyenzaki also shared examples of how inclusive partnerships help deliver results to benefit citizens.

Private sector representative and Philips Head of Government Affairs Jan-Willem Scheijgrond further added how partnerships between the private sector and civil society groups helped them identify where the problems are and how to solve them.

On a global level, Christiaan Rebergen from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands cited the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) as a good partnership model that provides an important dialogue in improving global development cooperation.

“The GPEDC is a platform where we can followup global commitments on development,” Rebergen said. The Netherlands sits as one of the three (3) co-chairs of the GPEDC together with Mexico and Malawi.

‘Trust is key’

An important highlight of the dialogue centered on the concept of ‘trust’ as a crucial element in development partnerships. Gornitzka pointed out that trust is an important aspect of any partnership and that it is needed in order to engage stakeholders meaningfully and productively.

UNGGOF Executive Director Richard Ssewakiryanga expressed his agreement but nevertheless reminded participants on who should ultimately benefit from these partnerships.

“Whatever we do in development, it has to be for the people,” he quipped.

The side event was moderated by Jorge Balbis, Co-Chair of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) and was co-hosted together with the governments of Uganda and Sweden.

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