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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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The Aid-for-Trade initiative

The powerful developmental role of trade has been recognised by the inclusion of trade objectives – and of aid for trade – in preparatory work on the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet developing countries – especially the least developed – require help in building their trade-related capacities. This chapter describes the Aid-for-Trade initiative, launched in 2005 as a partnership to build the supply-side capacity and trade-related infrastructure of developing countries. This chapter explores the initiative’s strengths and weaknesses, concluding that ten years after its launch, it has firmly established itself in the international policy environment and remains as relevant today as when it was first launched.

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