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 concept of accountability in international development co-operation

Accountability is about setting clear goals and targets, being responsible for delivering on them and accepting potential sanctions for lack of compliance with commitments. With the growing number of stakeholders actively engaging in development co-operation, implementing accountability is becoming increasingly complex. This chapter clarifies the concept of accountability in today’s development co-operation context. It outlines its main functions: clarifying roles and responsibilities, encouraging responsible action, and building legitimacy and trust. It also discusses some areas where improvements are needed to provide objectivity, to balance the means of enforcement among partners and to ensure that key stakeholders are able to make their voices heard. It concludes with recommendations on how to design accountability mechanisms that will enhance the effectiveness of development co-operation.

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