The Guardian Examines Global Partnership On Effective Development Cooperation

The Guardian reports on the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation, “the only forum for aid donors and recipients, emerging economies, civil society, the private sector and foundations to focus on the quality of development assistance.” Nearly two years after its unveiling at the 2011 Fourth High-Level Forum (HLF4) in Busan, South Korea, “the global partnership is at risk of fading away because of a shortage of funding, reflecting a lack of high-level political interest,” the newspaper writes. “The global partnership sounds very grand, but the legwork is being done by a secretariat consisting of officials from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP),” and “voluntary contributions to the secretariat have been slow in coming and there is a shortfall of $4.5 million (£2.9 million) across the two organizations, with the shortfall particularly acute for UNDP,” The Guardian continues and describes how the partnership is meant to function as a forum for discussion over aid.

“Yet, despite its potential value to poor countries, the global partnership suffers from its links to the OECD, still viewed by many in the G77 group of developing countries as a club for the rich,” The Guardian writes, adding, “For those in the OECD, this misses the point that the global partnership is a practical coalition focused on learning and improving development practice.” The newspaper continues, “Considering its teething problems it is hard to say whether the global partnership’s travails are embryonic or terminal.” Clare Coffey, a policy adviser at ActionAid, said, “To get the partnership back on track may require the role of the support function [OECD and UNDP] to be revisited, as well as strengthening participation of civil society,” according to the newspaper (Tran, 8/15).