From 4 to 6 October 2023, KOICA organized a Learning and Acceleration Programme (LAP) in Seoul, South Korea. Over three days, the National Coordinators were engaged in workshop discussions to foster peer-to-peer learning, bringing in countries’ experiences and learnings. Additionally, the training granted the opportunity for the National Coordinators to reflect on ways in which the exercise could make development cooperation in their countries more effective.
The training, developed by the OECD/UNDP Joint Support Team of the GPEDC, was delivered to a group of 14 participants comprising representatives of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Honduras, Indonesia, Peru, and Sierra Leone, along with representatives of the non-executive constituency and Co-Chairs of the GPEDC.
Fostering peer learning opportunities
The 2023 KOICA LAP presented a platform for the National Coordinators to collectively discuss their action plans that will stimulate behavior change. Through sharing of learnings and engaging discussions, the training triggered the thinking of the National Coordinators to adjust their strategic policy frameworks and instruments, in line with the effectiveness principles.
The discussions among the National Coordinators participating in the 2023 KOICA LAP yielded valuable insights into the significance of an enabling environment to engage a wide array of development stakeholders in the monitoring exercise. This ranges from maintaining political stability and providing the right incentives for involved development stakeholders to utilizing the existing spaces and committees to facilitate coordination and integration of the monitoring results. Additionally, the National Coordinators emphasized the importance of having clear roadmaps to guide the roll-out of the monitoring exercise.
Derived from common regional challenges and context similarities, the National Coordinators who participated in the 2023 KOICA LAP further proposed regional peer learning. The regional peer learning could serve as an avenue to foster regional exchanges of knowledge and learning.
Mapping for engagement and action
Sharing its experience on the roll-out of the monitoring exercise, Indonesia explained how it integrated the dialogue around the monitoring roadmap into an existing multi-stakeholder consultation mechanism. This resulted in the anchoring of the draft monitoring roadmap across a range of concerned stakeholders.
Key endeavors to ensure a successful roll-out of the monitoring exercise at the country level are not only pursued by the partner country governments. CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) presented an overview of a global-level thematic initiative that they are establishing to complement and follow up on country-level dialogues on the results of the Civil Society Enabling Environment Assessment (EEA). The EEA is part of the monitoring framework aimed at improving the use of monitoring results to inform decision-making.
To further the multi-stakeholder consultation and engagement, the National Coordinators discussed the possibility of aligning stakeholder consultations for the monitoring exercise with stakeholder consultations for designing a new development plan. Furthermore, the National Coordinators highlighted the role of the UN system in supporting stakeholder engagement, such as the private sector through the UN Global Compact.
Coming out from the 2023 KOICA LAP, the National Coordinators envisioned that high-level events, such as the 2024 Global Summit on Multi-stakeholder Partnerships in Indonesia, could further promote dialogues and exchanges around the implementation of the effectiveness principles.
Detailed information on the 2023 KOICA LAP can be accessed here.
This blog post is the second entry in the 2023 KOICA LAP blog series, following The 2023 KOICA LAP: Supporting National Coordinators to lead the Global Partnership Monitoring exercise in their countries.