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The original vision of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) monitoring exercise was to: (i) drive behaviour change towards more effective development co-operation; and (ii) support global accountability for implementation of Busan commitments. Over three rounds, the Global Partnership monitoring exercise has generated unique evidence, acting as a key tool for global accountability around effective development co-operation commitments, and is the source of evidence for three SDG targets. While the vision remains valid, the development co-operation and partnership landscape have changed significantly in the past decade. Furthermore, stakeholder feedback suggests that the monitoring exercise has not been implemented such that both its country- and global-level aims have been fully met. Against this backdrop, the Global Partnership has embarked on an ambitious reform of the monitoring exercise with the aim of ensuring it delivers on its original promise while meeting the evolving needs of its stakeholders and producing evidence relevant to the effectiveness challenges of today. The scope of the reform includes both a review of the framework (‘’what we measure’’) and an improvement of the process (‘’how we measure’’).

In order to guide the reform of the monitoring exercise with the views of stakeholders, the GPEDC Co-Chairs initiated a series of virtual stakeholder consultations in the lead-up to the 21st Steering Committee meeting (7-8 July 2021). These consultations focused primarily on the monitoring [indicator] framework, which tracks development actors’ progress on their commitments to more effective development co-operation, in line with the four agreed principles of effective development co-operation: focus on development results, increase partner country ownership, create inclusive partnerships for development, and strengthen transparency and mutual accountability. The aim of the consultations was to gather stakeholders’ views on:

  • how the Global Partnership monitoring framework can better reflect what the effectiveness principles mean to them in today’s context;
  • how the monitoring framework can better generate evidence that will spur behaviour change, action, and learning.