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 promise of partnerships in a post-2015 world

While partnerships are generally recognised as a promising vehicle for delivering the new Sustainable Development Goals, this chapter emphasises the importance of choosing the right partnership for each challenge. For instance, broad co-operation at the global and country levels can be useful in ensuring basic needs, but public-private partnerships at the local level may be more suited for tackling issues of infrastructure. To address free-rider issues associated with biodiversity, peacekeeping or climate change, global intergovernmental negotiations continue to be the central mechanism. Not all sectors and challenges have been equally successful in galvanising the level of international co-operation necessary to achieve a focused response. Success factors for partnerships include ensuring a strong connection between global strategy and local implementation; having clear, ambitious and attainable targets; using performance-based allocation models; and ensuring that the governance structure is participatory, including representatives of all stakeholders.

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