Proposed indicators, targets and process for global monitoring

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This document sets out the proposed set of indicators, targets and process through which implementation of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation will be monitored at the global level. It was discussed and approved at the meeting of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness hosted at the UNESCO Headquarters on 28-29 July 2012.

The Busan Partnership agreement (BPa) calls on the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-EFF) to agree by June 2012 on "the indicators and channels through which global monitoring and accountability will be supported". In particular, it commits stakeholders to agreeing on "a selective and relevant set of indicators and targets through which we will monitor progress on a rolling basis, supporting international and regional accountability for the implementation of our commitments." The WP-EFF assigned the task of developing a detailed proposal to the post-Busan Interim Group (PBIG).

This paper presents the proposal developed by the PBIG on behalf of the WP-EFF. It is submitted to the WP-EFF for approval in its plenary meeting of 28-29 June 2012.

What does this proposal include?

This proposal sets out the following elements of the global framework for monitoring the Busan Partnership agreement which should be approved by the WP-EFF:

  • A set of indicators and associated targets which act as a basis for promoting international accountability for implementing the Busan Partnership agreement. For each indicator, targets are proposed (with baseline figures where these are available), key concepts are defined, the construction of the indicator is described, and data sources are identified in a sufficient level of detail to act as a basis for the development of operational guidance by the Global Partnership secretariat.
  • A description of the international process through which data will be collected, analysed and reported. This will act as a basis for the secretariat's support for global monitoring efforts.

What is not included?

The WP-EFF is not being invited to take decisions on all aspects of efforts to monitor and report on the implementation of the Busan Partnership agreement. Many decisions will be taken by stakeholders at the level of individual countries, and further guidance may be issued by the Steering Committee of the Global Partnership as needed. To this end, this proposal does not include:

  • Information on country-specific efforts to monitor Busan commitments, which are an important feature of the Busan agreement, and will be developed by stakeholders at the country level to respond to their own needs and context.
  • Detailed terms of reference for narrative reporting or qualitative approaches to monitoring progress (the Busan agreement commits us to agreeing on indicators and targets by June 2012, though as part of this process some guidance may be offered on complementary approaches that could be taken up by the Steering Committee of the Global Partnership in due course).
  • Efforts to monitor the implementation of commitments going beyond those made in the Busan agreement (for example, additional commitments or efforts made through voluntary initiatives such as the Busan "building blocks") – these being beyond the remit of the WP-EFF.

How was this proposal developed?

WP-EFF members have – both directly and through their PBIG representatives – played an important role in guiding the development of this proposal, which is based on:

  • Initial written submissions from PBIG members, in which they set out their priorities in terms of which Busan commitments should be monitored at the international level. These submissions also included information on planned or ongoing processes to monitor elements of the Busan agreement, which have helped in identifying potential data sources of relevance.
  • Extensive discussion within the April 2012 meeting of the PBIG in which members agreed on a limited list of themes for global monitoring and criteria to guide the development of indicators.
  • A joint proposal for specific indicators submitted jointly by partner country members of the PBIG, which was in turn reviewed in detail by a group of volunteers from within the PBIG under the chairmanship of the United Kingdom and Rwanda.
  • Detailed review and discussion by the PBIG of an earlier version of this proposal [DCD/DAC/EFF(2012)8], which builds on the work led by Rwanda and the UK. The current proposal reflects the consensus reached by the PBIG in its last meeting (21-22 May 2012).
  • In advising on the development of successive proposals, the Secretariat has drawn on the lessons documented from the previous Surveys on Monitoring the Paris Declaration. It has also drawn on the advice of experts within other organisations, including UNDP/UNDG and the World Bank.