24 April 2014

Partnerships are effective. They can help maintain a focus on results and foster innovation. This was a key message from the focus session, ‘Turning development cooperation principles into results’ at the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation meeting in Mexico City, on 16 April 2014.

Health, education and WASH sectors discuss global partnerships

Panelists (see below) brought experiences from education, health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors and discussed the implications of global partnerships for the post-2015 agenda. Positive benefits include that partnerships facilitate the sharing of solutions to common problems and bring additional development partners to the table, including CSOs. They can mobilise political will for change, and help mobilize resources. In education, health and WASH they have helped bring different development partners to support national sector plans and priorities. Effective incentives for more collective action include the government having clear vision and goals, and donors being able to demonstrate results and returns on investment.

Experience across the three sectors of putting principles of effective development cooperation into practice at the country level shows that critical elements for progress include clear messages from the government about its priorities, with guidelines for partners. The Ministry of Finance needs to back other sector ministries. Joint planning and monitoring systems for accountability and the use of external evaluations is also important. Country ownership still needs more support, including use of country systems, and strengthening country capacity to manage a growing range of development partners. Mutual accountability for commitments is critical.

Post 2015, partnerships remain important, and the Busan principles will be more relevant than ever, with their emphasis on ownership, inclusion, results and accountability. Partnerships will need to adapt, as new partners emerge. Civil society and the private sector are key engines for growth and young people also need to be more engaged. International development agencies, including the UN, need to listen and change to remain relevant. There will be a continued need to capitalize on synergies across the three sectors, and break down silos, post 2015.

The panelists were: 

Carmen Juan, Secretary of Health Mexico
Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organization

Alice Albright, CEO, Global Partnership for Education 

Hon Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister, Ethiopia

Darren Saywell, Vice Chair, Sanitation and Water for All 

Sachita Shrestha, Programme Officer, Restless Development Nepal

Among a number of interventions from the floor was the Deputy Minister of Finance from Sierra Leone.

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Photo: Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO talking with the Health Minister of Mexico and the Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

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