GPEDC Planning Workshop: Outcome Document

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17 March 2015
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The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) Planning Workshop, organised in close co-ordination with the Global Partnership Co-Chairs, was co-hosted by the European Commission, the NEPAD Agency Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness and the Asia-Pacific Regional Development Effectiveness Facility. It brought together over 150 participants from the GPEDC wider constituency, including GPEDC Steering Committee representatives, leaders and key actors in the Global Partnership Initiatives activities and regional platforms, with a very diverse background: partner countries' representatives, civil society, private sector, bilateral and multilateral donors and institutions, regional organisations, foundations, regional and local authorities, academics and others.

The workshop contributed to strengthening the linkages among different Global Partnership Initiatives, with participants displaying strong ambition to ensure that Busan principles and their valuable experiences are reflected in the post-2015 agenda and its future operationalisation. The workshop also demonstrated the Global Partnership in action, with extensive multi-stakeholder efforts across Busan principles and themes to ensure more effective co-operation and results at the country level.

The workshop focused on the development of a workplan for the GPEDC for the 2015-2016, displaying the multitude of activities and actions undertaken under the GPEDC umbrella. These were captured in a Draft Framework of activities (annex I) which was put together by the workshop organisers on the basis of input from the Global Partnership Initiatives and synthesis notes from the GPEDC Joint Support Team. The Draft Framework of activities was used as a basis for the discussions at the workshop, where participants reflected collectively over the key objectives and expected results within each of the priority themes of the GPEDC. They furthermore produced a series of recommendations for the operationalisation of the draft Framework of activities.

The key recommendations that arose from the Planning Workshop are available below. They reflect the discussions in the various Working Groups held during the event and focus on the GPEDC priority themes (as per the decision of the GPEDC Steering Committee in its 7th meeting held on 19-20 January 2015 in The Hague). Moreover, a series of actionable recommendations were formulated during the Workshop, regarding the operationalization of the Draft Framework of Activities, and more specifically relating to linkages with the post 2015 agenda, stakeholder engagement and improving communication, outreach activities, integrating the Partnership Initiatives fully in the GPEDC architecture; as well as monitoring, in the light of post-2015 requirements.

The Workshop built on the successful outcomes of the 2014 Busan Global Partnership Workshop, the Africa Regional Meeting: Implementation of the Africa Action Plan on Development Effectiveness, the Development Effectiveness Agenda: Approaches from the South Workshop, as well as other events, including civil society undertakings highlighted by CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE). The Planning Workshop is part of a process which should allow for further regular exchanges and synergies among Global Partnership Initiatives. A follow-up workshop could be held in 2016, in order to discuss progress made on the various activities, expected results and recommendations listed below.