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By Pita Ligaiula in Nairobi, Kenya
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) chief Helen Clark says countries need to work in multi-stakeholder partnership to achieve Agenda 2030.
Addressing the Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, Clark said, “Meeting the aspiration of the 2030 Agenda to “leave no one behind” calls for strong partnerships and new ways of working together.
“The Global Partnership can forge such alliances, bringing together state and non-state actors who are committed to co-operating effectively and to delivering the impact which no development actor can achieve alone.
“Here in Nairobi, the Global partnership can shift gear again in order to give effective support to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and supporting the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063,” Clark told HLM2 delegates in Nairobi.
The 2016 Progress Report on “Making Development Co-operation more effective” demonstrates that the development community is becoming more results-focused.
“That’s important when budgets are tight, and every dollar must count. Ninety-nine per cent of developing countries have development strategies at the national and sector levels.
“UNDP is working within the SDG support framework agreed by the UN Development Group to help governments integrate the SDGs into their national agendas and systems of financing and implementation,” Clark explained.
The 2016 Global Partnership Progress Report indicates that development partnerships have become more inclusive, she said.
“Transparency has also improved, with UNDP and others in the United Nations system being among the leaders.
In other areas, she said there is a way to go:
*the proportion of untied bilateral aid has only slightly reduced;
*progress in strengthening country systems is uneven;
*use of country public financial management and procurement systems remains infrequent;
*developing countries continue to suffer from a lack of predictability of support, and
*information on development co-operation flows is incomplete.
“These deficiencies undermine mutual accountability for results. As well, the volatility and uncertainty around development resourcing is exacerbated by an increasingly complex development co-operation architecture, which slows down the flow of financing and increases transaction costs,” she explained.
Clark said global Partnership must address three key areas where more attention is needed:
“First, the Partnership must be country-focused, and its global and technical platforms need to be mindful that results happen at the country level.
“Second, the Partnership must work to unleash the untapped potential of multi-stakeholder participation. We can go further together than each of us can in our own silos.
“Third, the Partnership should bolster existing relationships and facilitate new ones. It must be fully inclusive of North-South, South-South, and Triangular Co-operation, thereby recognising that the traditional distinction between providers and recipients has become somewhat outdated,” she emphasised.
Clark said to realise its ambition, the Global Partnership must focus on the country level, and translate its objectives into meaningful action on the ground.
“This High Level Meeting is an opportunity to restate our determination to act together and make the Global Partnership a driver for positive change.
UNDP is a committed partner, and will work to build consensus around how to maximise co-operation for sustainable development,” said Clark.
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