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The Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation July 2012 Shared principles to achieve common goals The Busan Partnership document specifically highlights a set of common principles for all development actors that are key to making development cooperation effective.

Ownership of development priorities by developing counties:
Countries should define the development model that they want to implement.

A focus on results:
Having a sustainable impact should be the driving force behind investments and efforts in development policy making

Partnerships for development:
Development depends on the participation of all actors, and recognises the diversity and complementarity of their functions.

Transparency and shared responsibility:
Development co-operation must be transparent and accountable to all citizens

These principles are recognised and accepted by all those involved in development co-operation, from donor and recipient country governments to providers of south-south cooperation, international organisations, civil society, parliamentarians and local government.

The wide participation of a range of actors with differentiated responsibilities and shared goals is one of the notable characteristics of this partnership. A new impetus to the efficiency agenda The Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action defined principles and established commitments that have contributed to improving the quality of aid.

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IISD RS @ 1st Drafting Session of the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on FfD | Highlights for 29 January 2015 | New York, US | IISD Reporting Services

IISD RS @ 1st Drafting Session of the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on FfD | Highlights for 29 January 2015 | New York, US | IISD Reporting Services | Global Partnerships for Effective Development Cooperation | Scoop.it
On its second day, the first drafting session of the outcome document of the third International Conference on Financing for Development considered domestic and international private finance; international public finance; trade; technology, capacity building and innovation; sovereign debt; and systemic issues.

On domestic and international private finance, developing countries cautioned against relying on the private sector completely, noting that the sector’s goals are not always aligned with poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Developed countries, meanwhile, emphasized a central role for private finance in the FfD3 process, calling it the principal creator of long-term jobs and promoter of sustainable development.

On international public finance, developed countries called for the discussion to include growing South-South cooperation and the role of emerging economies, and noted the need to include, not separate, climate benefits in the FfD3 discussions. Developing countries emphasized, among other things: the continued importance of ODA; the need to bring the discussion on aid effectiveness under the UN; and the additionality of climate finance. Some countries opposed re-visiting the definition of official development assistance (ODA) to include South-South cooperation.

Discussions on two items on the agenda were clumped together by the Co-Facilitators: trade; and technology, innovation and capacity building. Developing countries called for removal of trade distorting measures and greater market access; conclusion of the Doha round under the World Trade Organization; and the establishment of a technology facilitation mechanism. Developed countries viewed trade as an important element of “means of implementation” in the post-2015 framework, and urged going beyond technology transfer to include language on the role of Intellectual Property Rights, research and development, and domestic enabling environments.

During the final session for the day, sovereign debt and systemic issues were also discussed together. Developed countries called for: separating debt financing discussions under FfD3 from the UN debt restructuring discussions; debating sovereign debt under the auspices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF); sustainable lending and borrowing principles; and improved data transparency to enable citizens to hold their governments to account.

Developing countries, on the other hand, called for: the establishment of an international debt restructuring mechanism under the UN; sustained efforts towards debt management and relief, including for middle-income countries; and a greater role for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in addressing systemic issues.
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This week in international development news - YouTube

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Ensuring Data Work Where it Counts: IATI and Country Systems | Development Gateway

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Recently, we discussed the International Aid Transparency Initiative’s data publication and quality “tipping point”: per the IATI Secretariat, seven of the top ten development partners (DPs) in most countries are publishing IATI data.

We also invited the development community to join us in fostering IATI data uptake at the country level, and are pleased to announce that the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development has generously accepted this invitation. The Ministry is providing funds for IATI integration efforts in five countries with an Aid Management Program: Burkina Faso, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, and Senegal.

Throughout the next six months, we will keep you updated on progress made and lessons learned with government partners. In the meantime, here is a quick summary of our ex-ante aspirations:

What we aim to achieve

It is important to note up front that this is not a pilot exercise. We already know, thanks to prior efforts in Rwanda and DRC that the IATI standard is compatible with common Aid Information Management System (AIMS) data fields and import mechanisms.

The goals of this work are to:

  1. Identify DPs that are publishing high-quality and timely data to the IATI registry, which could (i) improve data quality/coverage in AMP, or (ii) decrease the level of effort needed to sustain current data quality.
  2. Equip our government partners with the tools and skills needed to evaluate and validate IATI data for the selected DPs and automatically exchange of information between AMP and IATI registry.
  3. Update the governments’ data management plans to (i) reflect that IATI data, rather than direct country office reporting, will be used for the selected DPs on a sustainable, ongoing basis; (ii) document which field(s) should be manually updated, if missing from IATI feeds (e.g. sub-national locations, national planning objectives, sub-sectors, etc.); (iii) identify who is responsible for manual field updates.
  4. Establish standards and guidelines that the government can share with all partners. These standards would document data quality improvements that, once made, could lead to “default” IATI use (instead of direct reporting).

What we hope to learn (that could then be applied elsewhere)

In many ways, we all understand that donors’ and partners’ needs are often different. And it may well be that IATI may not always respond to all the AMP users’ needs. A better understanding of these different needs, and the best way in which IATI can reasonably meet them, would therefore have a positive impact on future IATI development and would improve the use of IATI data by donors and countries. This work will represent the most intensive use to-date of IATI data in country systems, which should provide a wealth of lessons for future IATI use.

Some of the questions we hope to explore include:

  1. What benefits (time savings, data coverage/quality improvements) can governments expect from using high-quality IATI data?
  2. What changes should be made to the IATI standard for improved usefulness and usability in country systems?
  3. What barriers (technical, process, skills, cultural) discourage IATI use, and how might they be addressed in other countries and contexts?
  4. What common data quality/timeliness issues exists in the IATI data sets that make it difficult to use in country systems?

What we plan to contribute to the broader IATI community

We hope this will represent an important contribution in terms of concrete examples on IATI data use by partner countries, and a step toward broad use of IATI data in country systems – and we will be actively contributing to the IATI community discussion boards and this blog as we go.

Specific deliverables will include:

  1. A country-driven report of lessons learned, opportunities, and suggested next steps for the IATI community (initial draft in time for the June IATI Steering Committee Meeting in Copenhagen).
  2. An open source tool for IATI field/value mappings and data import, including support for multiple versions of the IATI standard (starting with 1.03, 1.04, and 2.01).

We look forward to working closely with the IATI Secretariat and Technical Advisory Group (TAG) over the next 6 months, and especially with our government colleagues, to make sure that IATI data are useful where they are needed most.

Josh Powell is the Director of Innovation at Development Gateway.

Image of IATI data from the Open Knowledge Foundation under CC license.

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