Development Co-operation Report 2015

Making Partnerships Effective Coalitions for Action

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With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the question of how to finance, implement and monitor these goals moves to the centre of the debate. Today, international development co-operation takes place in an increasingly complex environment, with an ever growing number of actors, policies and instruments involved. This complexity raises the stakes for achieving the goals, but also opens up new opportunities. Although governments will remain the key actors in the implementation of the new post-2015 goals, the role of non-state actors such as civil society, foundations and business is growing. Their association through effective partnerships will be key to the implementation of the post-2015 agenda.

The Development Co-operation Report 2015 explores the potential of networks and partnerships to create incentives for responsible action, as well as innovative, fit-for-purpose ways of co-ordinating the activities of diverse stakeholders. The report – Making Partnerships Effective Coalitions for Action – looks at a number of existing partnerships working in diverse sectors, countries and regions to draw lessons and provide practical guidance, proposing ten success factors for post-2015 partnerships. A number of leading policy makers and politicians share their insights and views.


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Inclusive partnerships for effective development co-operation

The first decade of this millennium saw consensus growing around the need to heighten the effectiveness of development co-operation. An evolving series of declarations – from the Paris Declaration to the Accra Agenda for Action and the Busan Partnership agreement – set out and reaffirmed underpinning principles and set measurable indicators of effective development. These, in turn, were endorsed and taken up by an increasingly diverse range of development partners. The process culminated in 2011 with the creation of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation: an alliance of 160 developing and developed countries, more than 45 organisations, civil society and the private sector. This chapter highlights why this Global Partnership can be part of the how of implementing and measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and makes recommendations for successful partnerships post-2015.

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