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Making Development Co-operation More Effective

2014 Progress Report

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In 2011 the international development community committed to make development co-operation more effective to deliver better results for the world’s poor. At the mid-point between commitments endorsed in the High-Level Forum in Busan, Korea in 2011 and the 2015 target date of the Millennium Development Goals,  this report takes stock of how far we have come and where urgent challenges lie.

This report - a first snapshot of the state-of-play since Busan - reveals both successes and shortfalls. It draws on the ten indicators of the Global Partnership monitoring framework. Despite global economic turbulence, changing political landscapes and domestic budgetary pressure, commitment to effective development co-operation principles remains strong. Longstanding efforts to change the way that development co-operation is delivered are paying off. Past achievements on important aid effectiveness commitments that date back to 2005 have been sustained. Nevertheless, much more needs to be done to translate political commitments into concrete action. This report highlights where targeted efforts are needed to make further progress and to reach existing targets for more effective development co-operation by 2015.

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Ownership and results of development co-operation

Leadership by developing countries over their development policies and strategies is essential for development partnerships to succeed. This means that development co-operation programmes must be aligned with developing countries’ own systems, priorities and policies. This chapter reviews the state of implementation and challenges encountered in fulfilling key commitments made in the Busan Partnership agreement on promoting developing countries’ ownership of their development agenda and delivering results that meet their priorities. It asks to what extent are providers of development co-operation using developing countries’ own results as a basis for assessing the performance of their development co-operation programmes? Is development co-operation funding recorded in the national budgets of developing countries? Have the public financial management systems of developing countries improved and are they being used by providers of development co-operation? Are providers doing more to untie their aid and to report their untying progress?

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