Future of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation
Think Tank Exchange
German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Against the background of a record year for multilateralism with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Climate Agreement and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, expectations for the Second High-level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) in Nairobi in December 2016 have been high. Considering the expectations, reception of the Nairobi Outcome Document and the state of affairs of the GPEDC more broadly have been rather mixed. The GPEDC and in particular the three newly elected co-chairs of the Steering Committee are called upon to give the partnership new direction and impetus.
The Nairobi high-level meeting broadly reaffirmed previous commitments around the four partnership principles - ownership, focus on results, inclusiveness, transparency and accountability. It also set the GPEDC on the path of (re-)defining its mandate and role in the context of the 2030 Agenda together with a number of structural reforms (mandate revision, theory of change etc.).
However, the Nairobi meeting yielded little progress in convincing important stakeholders – in particular emerging economies such as Brazil, China, India and South Africa, but also the private sector - to participate and take an active interest and role in the proceedings. That key stakeholders of the new development landscape continue to stand on the sideline poses a serious challenge to GPEDC’s claim as a multi-stakeholder forum. The fact that high-level (ministerial) representation of recipients/providers of development cooperation has decreased since the Mexico high-level meeting is cause for further concern.
An open, serious dialogue with abstaining stakeholders about their perceptions and positions vis-à-vis the GPEDC is therefore long overdue. This exchange aimed to address this need through an informal meeting of high-level representatives of think tanks from among the group of emerging economies. Think tanks representatives were in a suitable position to debate pending matters by taking into account, but not being restrained by, the burden of official political considerations. In line with the mission of the German Development Institute to “build bridges between policy and practice”, think tank exchanges can be an important “breeding ground” for ideas and impulses for the political process.
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02.02.2017 / 19:00 - 23:00
Johannesburg, South Africa
-- Participation by invitation only --