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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Transparency and accountability for development results

The Busan Partnership agreement has at its heart transparency, mutual accountability among partners, and accountability to beneficiaries of development co-operation and all stakeholders. This chapter reviews the status and challenges encountered in implementing key Busan commitments on transparency and accountability. It asks: are providers of development co-operation using the recently agreed common, open standard to publish their information on development co-operation resources? Is the information they provide timely, comprehensive and forward-looking? At the country level, are co-operation providers predictable enough to allow developing countries to plan their development programmes? Does each developing country have a process in place for assessing mutual progress towards development goals, and does it include non-state stakeholders such as civil society and the private sector?

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