African Pilot Programme on Enhancing the Use of Country Result Frameworks
The Report for the Pilot Programme on Enhancing the Use of Country Results Frameworks (CRFs) is a product of two workshops (South Africa, Uganda), reports submitted by Pilot Countries and further regional, continental and global consultative processes. This Pilot Programme is conducted under the leadership of the NEPAD Agency in partnership with the African Pilot Countries, in collaboration with the Government of Switzerland and the Government of Bangladesh under the auspices of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). The project falls within the ambit of the Global Partnership Initiative on results and mutual accountability (GPI R&MA).
It is appreciated that the types of CRFs and its modalities will differ from country to country based on differences in context and further agreed on the standardisation of terminologies generally in development cooperation and more specifically in the specific field of results and mutual accountability. The richness of the information shared by participating countries, will definitely deepen and inform the concept of CRFs, with some of the highlights being participating countries who reported on their expansion of institutional capacity for service delivery and highlighted initiatives aimed harmonising, monitoring and evaluating long-medium-and short-term development priorities. A significant number of participating countries are putting strategies in place to operationalize development frameworks for results.
Substantial progress has been achieved in the creation of inclusive partnership platforms for planning and alignment of the priorities of development partners to that if Government, and also a deepened partnership between state actors, private sector, Civil Society Organizations. At the same time institutional capacities remains critical for the effective implementation of CRFs, commendable home-grown initiatives, the strengthening of mutual and domestic accountability were highlighted.
The utilisation of the CRF as a platform to align and integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and AU Agenda 2063 with national priorities was explored and the potential to this effect is immense. In this regard the role of Continental and Regional Institutions as platforms to facilitate intra country and South-South experiences and learning, as a medium to link the national interests with the global agenda, and integrate the global agenda into national frameworks have been highlighted as a critical priority in making the CRF a workable platform for the SDGs. At the same time the importance of a dedicated budget to allow for the full implementation of priorities under the CRF is defined as critical requirement.
The leadership role of government in guiding and ensuring the implementation and accountability of the CRF, supported by its various partners participating in the CRF forms an important cornerstone of the CRF.
The Report concludes with a summary of African priorities and Actions in the furthering of the CRF, as agreed on by the participating countries and experts, translating the African experience into a way forward, both in terms of priorities, as well as actions.