First Ministerial Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC)
The fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness was held in December 2011, in Busan, Republic of Korea. It brought together political leaders, representatives of the Government, Parliamentarians, Civil Society Organizations and representatives of the Private Sector from both the emerging and development partner countries. African countries under the mechanism of the AU/NEPAD Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) participated at the High Level Forum negotiating for the first time, through the Africa Consensus and Common Position on Development Effectiveness. After Busan, the AUC and NEPAD Agency organized three (3) Sub-Regional Consultations on the implementation of the Global Partnership Principles within the framework of Africa’s priorities as expressed in the African Consensus and Position. The consultations covered Central, West, East and Southern African regions of the African Union.
The Africa-wide consultations provided a unique opportunity for African stakeholders to engage on the road map in preparation for the First Ministerial Meeting in Mexico, as well as, re-affirm the need for the GP to be responsive to African priorities for added value. A key message that emerged is that the Global Partnership and all development partnerships to Africa should focus on Aid as a trigger for Development Effectiveness and thus help in in the actualization of the African Union’s defined and shared development agenda,. This requires an investment in key priorities of Africa’s socio-economic transformation which essentially entails a strong focus on the real economy thus achieving diversification, with emphasis on drivers such as beneficiation and domestic capital formation.
Key emphasis on developing requisite capacities for Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) for the continent’s sustainable development was also echoed in all the regional engagements. Further, the five (5) development thematic areas identified for the ministerial meeting are critical for Africa; namely as follows:
- Implementation of Busan commitments and impact on inclusive development
- Domestic resources, mobilization
- Private sector development;
- Knowledge sharing, South-South and Triangular Cooperation,
- Middle income countries.
The imperative is for all Continental stakeholders including political leaders, CSO, Parliamentarians, Youth, Women Groups, Academia and Domestic Private Sector to be engaged extensively on this Agenda and ensure the effective implementation of Africa’s DE priorities linked to local, national and regional level demands.
In addition, the monitoring framework for the GP has been established and about 35 African countries have participated in the global monitoring exercise on voluntary basis. Additionally, the monitoring guidance has also been developed for the New Deal for fragile states. Representatives from the continent expressed the need to have mutual exchange around the monitoring exercise and to see how National Action Plans could be formulated using the outcome of the monitoring report.
It is in this context that the AUC and NEPAD Agency in partnership with UNDP is planning to host the Continent-wide Multi-stakeholder Consultation on the African Common Position in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in preparation for the First Ministerial Meeting of the Global Partnership in April 2014, Mexico.