The Global Partnership monitoring reform will lead to a new monitoring proposal – inclusive of an improved monitoring process and revised indicator framework, as well as recognition of the value of monitoring results – for endorsement at the Third High-Level Meeting in 2022. This document serves as background to inform the Committee’s discussions on the reform at its 21st Meeting; it:


Suggests a strategic vision for the new monitoring proposal:

Reflecting the ambition of the reform endorsed in the 19th Steering Committee Meeting, the strategic vision for the revised monitoring is that it will be (i) centred on collective accountability through inclusive dialogue and, recognising that inclusive dialogue at country level is key to stimulate action, it will introduce greater focus on whole-of-society approaches and recognise that accountability for commitments looks different in different country contexts; (ii) more relevant, aiming to track a more inclusive picture of development co-operation; and (iii) more strategic, with a leaner framework that maintains and strengthens linkages to the 2030 Agenda, and focuses on strategic integration with country-level systems and processes.


Proposes the contours of the new indicator framework:

During March-May 2021, nineteen constituency-based consultations [summary] took place. These provided the inputs for the Co-Chairs’ proposal for the contours of the revised framework. The contours are areas to take forward to the next [technical] phase of the reform, to determine if, how, and in what timeframe they are ultimately included in the new framework. These contours will lead to a revised indicator framework that will (i) expand the inclusiveness and representation of stakeholders, more accurately reflecting their role in development co-operation, and providing them with relevant and actionable evidence, for accountability and learning, and (ii) allow for a more tailored and flexible approach to monitoring that is targeted and more relevant to country contexts, and across co-operation modalities and instruments. The proposed contours are the following: (a) collective accountability; (b) transparency; (c) leave no-one behind; (d) data and statistical systems; (e) revitalising and upholding pre-Busan commitments; (f) South-South Co-operation; and (g) Kampala Principles. An additional area of exploration is to look at capturing “effective multilateral donorship”.


Provides an update on work to improve the monitoring process:

In its 20th Meeting, the Committee agreed to the Co-Chairs’ identification of two sets of issues related to the monitoring process, and to the need for distinct approaches to move forward on each. Work on the first set of [six] issues (Issues A) has advanced through consultations [summary], and this document summarises inputs from stakeholders towards better understanding causal factors and potential solutions to address these challenges. The other set of [two] issues (Issues B) were the subject of analytical papers prepared by the Joint Support Team: on the implications of altering the timing of the exercise [paper] and on strengthening linkages to the 2030 Agenda [paper].


Outlines next steps of the reform:

Technical work on the indicator framework will kick off in the second half of 2021. The Joint Support Team will conduct an initial assessment of scope, feasibility and implications of each of the contours, as well as map out the types of inputs and expertise that will be needed, drawing on external experts and from relevant Action Area groups. The Committee will be regularly updated and have the opportunity to engage through the Knowledge Sharing Platform (KSP), where draft technical working papers will be posted, for the Committee’s oversight and feedback. Based on demand, informal feedback and discussion sessions could also be held with Committee members and external stakeholders. The technical work will culminate in an indicative new monitoring proposal to be presented at the 22nd Steering Committee Meeting. Some parts of the framework may be fully fleshed out with draft methodologies while others may be at initial stages of assessing feasibility. This indicative new monitoring proposal will also bring clear decision points on the monitoring process.