Aid effectiveness working group meets to jumpstart new development partnership

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends a dinner for the private sector during the opening of the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Republic of Korea. Members of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness will meet in Paris, France on June 28-29. Photo by: Eskinder Debebe / UN

A new global body that will monitor and coordinate international aid efforts is starting to take shape in Paris, France.

Members of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness are convening June 28-29 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris to approve the proposed mandate and governance structure of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. This is the last meeting of the working party, which will then be dissolved to give way to the new partnership. 

The establishment of the new partnership was among key agreements adopted by countries, civil society and international organizations as part of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation they endorsed at the end of last year’s Fourth High-level Conference on Aid Effectiveness.

Up for discussion at this week’s meeting are recommendations of a post-Busan convention held in May 2012. These include creating an 18-member steering committee to lead the partnership and a set of 10 aid effectiveness indicators that include untied aid and mutual accountability. The U.N. Development Program is also being tapped to provide secretariat support to the new partnership.

The process toward establishing the global partnership has so far been praised as transparent, but some experts stress that the devil will be in the details. Homi Kharas, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, for one, proposes the following action points:

  • Ensure that members of the steering committee have enough political clout.

  • Form new coalitions that will encourage more private sector engagement.

  • Discuss and formulate aid effectiveness indicators more thoroughly, including by conducting consulting more deeply with civil society organizations.

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