Global Partnership Monitoring


The Global Partnership Monitoring exercise provides the main source of evidence on stakeholders’ commitments on effectiveness, empowering partners and building trust in an era of global challenges.  The exercise collects data for three SDG targets: 5.c, on gender-based budget allocation, 17.15, on respect for countries’ policy space, and 17.16, on inclusive multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development. 


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Guidance for 2023-2026 Monitoring Round

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The Dashboard provides country-level information on development co-operation including status of partner countries' participation in the Global Partnership monitoring exercise and an overview of institutional arrangements, policies, and coordination mechanisms relevant to development effectiveness.


The Global Partnership monitoring is a partner country-led exercise to promote collective accountability on the effectiveness of development co-operation. Guided by the four internationally-agreed principles for effective development co-operation, the monitoring tracks progress of partner countries, development partners and other actors in implementing their agreed commitments to more effective development co-operation. The monitoring exercise drives behaviour change by focusing on how stakeholders partner at the country level for better development results.

Since 2011, 99 partner countries have led the monitoring exercise in collaboration with hundreds of development partners and other actors. The first three global monitoring rounds took place in 2014, 2016, and 2018. Following this, a participatory and comprehensive reform ensured the exercise continues to meet its original aims and the evolving needs of stakeholders. The renewed monitoring features a new framework (what we measure) and an improved process (how we measure). Learn more about the reform here.



The Global Partnership monitoring is the official source of data for three SDG targets:

  • SDG 17.15: Respect each country's policy space and leadership.
  • SDG 17.16: Multi-stakeholder partnership for development.
  • SDG 5.c: Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

Learn more about our contribution towards SDGs reporting here.


The new monitoring promotes collective accountability through the lens of the four effectiveness principles by measuring progress around four thematic areas: 

  • Whole-of-Society: To what extent are sub-national governments, parliaments, civil society organisations, the private sector, foundations, and trade unions included in the development process?  

  • State and Use of Country Systems: What is the state of countries’ core systems for development co-operation and how development partners' align and use them?  

  • Transparency: What actions are partner countries and development partners taking to make development co-operation transparent?  

  • Leaving No One Behind: How is everyone consulted and targeted in development co-operation? And is disaggregated data available to monitor progress? 

The full monitoring framework can be viewed here.  

In addition, the monitoring framework now integrates an assessment of the Kampala Principles on Private Sector Engagement in Development Co-operation (KPA). Read more in the KPA flyer (ENG, FR, ES)  

Countries facing fragile and post-conflict situations now also can opt to conduct the monitoring using a framework adapted for those situations.  


The new global monitoring exercise is conducted over a four-year global rolling round. The current [4th] monitoring round is held from 2023 to 2026. Countries have the flexibility to participate when most suited to their national processes and priorities. 


At the country-level, participation in the monitoring exercise entails the following phases. A customised calendar will be developed for every country signing up to ensure each phase can be adequately implemented.



Participation in the monitoring exercise:

  • Provides data and evidence to empower decision makers in managing development co-operation.
  • Strengthens country-level processes, accountability, learning and actions amongst all actors.
  • Builds capacity to monitor and develop effectiveness in-country.
  • Supports SDG reporting (Targets: 5.c, 17.15, 17.16).
  • Serves as an entry point to mobilize and engage with a broad range of development actors.
  • Helps guide development partners’ actions in line with country systems and priorities.
  • Generates behaviour change for stronger development impact through inclusive follow-up and country-level dialogue, learning, and joint action.


Led by partner countries, the monitoring exercise involves governments, development partners and other stakeholders.

Partner Countries

A national co-ordinator, appointed by the partner country government, who is usually an official sitting at the ministry overseeing the management of development co-operation, organises the participation of development partners and other actors, making use of existing dialogue or co-ordination mechanisms for engagement, when possible.

Following their participation, countries receive country results briefs that provide a detailed account of their results. This results brief can be used to better understand and disseminate findings, as well as jointly plan and take action with stakeholders.

International Development Partners

Given the exercise’s core focus on accountability, it attracts high participation from all development actors due to its unique potential to gather evidence leading to dialogue, to help unlock persistent challenges limiting the impact of development co-operation. Development partners play a vital role in the monitoring through their support towards coordination and mobilisation of peers, capacity building, and logistical and/or financial support provided to partner countries implementing the monitoring process and its follow-up at country level. 

Following their participation, development partners will receive profiles that provide a detailed account of their performance.

Other Stakeholders

Active participation of domestic development actors, like civil society organisations, private sector actors, local governments among others, in the monitoring exercise at country-level is crucial to ensure inclusiveness in the collective effort to increase the effectiveness of the country’s development co-operation. The exercise’s focus on collective accountability and unique potential to gather evidence to facilitate dialogue with governments and development partners, attracts high participation of diverse development actors.

National coordinators will invite domestic actors from different stakeholder groups to participate in the exercise and, if relevant, to report on specific questions (for example, a civil society focal point is invited to assess the environment for civil society to operate in the country).


At the recent 2022 Effective Development Co-operation Summit, partners committed to monitoring effectiveness and told us what they most look forward to in the new monitoring exercise. Read more partner testimonials here >