Effective partnerships are a cornerstone for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires urgent action on effective partnerships, as called for in SDG 17.

Realising the ambition of the 2030 Agenda requires a whole-of-society approach; one that builds on the collective actions of all stakeholders to deliver sustainable solutions for people and the planet while leaving no one behind. The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (Global Partnership) spurs action for more effective partnerships that can deliver long-lasting development results. Established by the Busan Partnership agreement (2011), the Global Partnership advances the effectiveness of development efforts by all actors as re-affirmed at its 2nd High-Level Meeting in Nairobi (2016).

Its biennial global monitoring exercise tracks progress against agreed commitments and actions for promoting effectiveness. The Global Partnership monitoring has two fundamental objectives. First, to assess how effectively governments have established a conducive environment to lead national development efforts, enabling the full participation of the whole of society. Second, to assess how development partners deliver their support in a way that is focused on country-owned development priorities and that draws on existing country systems and capacities to ensure sustainability of results. The Global Partnership monitoring exercise is country-led, voluntary and aims to strengthen multi-stakeholder dialogue at country, regional and global level. It focuses on the quality of partnering that takes place to deliver development results and outcomes.

The Global Partnership reports on progress through ten indicators that capture the essence of the four internationally agreed principles for effective development co-operation: country ownership; focus on results; inclusive partnerships; and transparency and mutual accountability. Data generated from Global Partnership monitoring, building on country-led data collection, also provide evidence for SDG follow-up and review. This brief presents headlines from Parts I and II of the Global Partnership 2019 Progress Report. It highlights interlinkages between how partner countries (Part I) and development partners (Part II) are promoting effective, country-led partnerships and compiles the Global Partnership’s evidence as it relates to informing UN-led SDG follow-up and review. 

To read the full report, please click on the following links: