World leaders will gather in Busan next week to shape the future of development cooperation. At issue: how to stretch tight budgets and deliver aid more effectively.
Public, private and nonprofit negotiators are already putting final touches on an outcome document expected to be signed at the end of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in South Korea’s second-largest city. There’ll be something for everyone, from aid transparency to country ownership and mutual accountability.
There’ll be criticism, for sure. Developing countries will demand more funding pledges, donors more accountability, civil society more transparency.
Last week, we asked, via Facebook, on which of the five principles outlined in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness the international community has made the most progress. The frontrunner: donors “harmonize” aid planning & evaluation. No votes so far for: recipients improve “managing for results.” It’s just a glimpse at the challenges the aid community faces.
Dominating the discussion in Busan will most likely be two topics: recent funding cuts by government donors (and whether the ongoing eurozone crisis will prompt even more of them), and country ownership (and how to increase it).
Devex has been covering the run-up to Busan from many angles. You can read about the negotiations, expectations and other breaking news in our Newswire. Our ”Full Disclosure“ blog features civil society guest contributions on aid transparency.
And just this month, we launched “Busannovate: Making the Money go Further,” a joint campaign with the United Nations Foundation to create a discussion around innovative financing for development.
Among the high-level Busannovate contribution is Brian Atwood, chair of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee, which is hosting the HLF4 in Busan. Check out his guest opinion, as well as contributions by Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus and Maura O’Neill, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s chief innovation officer.
We’ll continue to bring you the latest news and views from Busan, including exclusive guest opinions from some of the leading thinkers and doers from Antonio Tujan Jr., co-chair of the BetterAid Open CSO Platform on Aid Effectiveness, and Emele Duituturaga, interim executive director of the Pacific Islands Association of Non Governmental Organizations, to Franck Wiebe, the Millennium Challenge Corp.’s chief economist, and beyond.
To get you up-to-speed on Busan, here are some of our most recent headlines:
The Source of Innovation by Brian Atwood
More Health for the Money by Muhammad Yunus
Donor Transparency in Afghanistan by Karolina Olofsson (Full Disclosure)
Our Short Wish List for the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness by the Center for Global Development, a Devex content partner
Ahead of Busan: How Countries Rank on Aid Transparency by Claudia Elliot (Full Disclosure)
First Step on the Road to Busan (DevTrivia)
Au Revoir, G20 (Development Buzz)
The Local Aid Accountability Delusion by Till Bruckner (Full Disclosure)
Will Busan Deliver on Aid Transparency? by Alexandra Beech (Full Disclosure)
Aid Transparency Under Threat at Busan by Jessica Espey (Full Disclosure)
Read more news & views on Busan and check out last week’s Development Buzz.