The success of the 2020-22 GPEDC Work Programme will depend on a concerted effort by all development actors to apply the effectiveness principles across their activities to visibly help deliver the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. To this effect, and as part of the design process of the new GPEDC Work Programme, the GPEDC Co-chairs convened over 90 participants from all regions and stakeholder groups in a virtual meeting from 17-20 March 2020 to inform and help shape a common ambition and set of action areas for change at country level. Discussions addressed in particular the bottlenecks and gaps and harnessing emerging opportunities around three pillars, related to the strategic priorities outlined in the Co-chairs’ Strategy Paper: (1) delivering better impact and data; (2) assessing, improving and scaling up new and better partnership approaches; and (3) leveraging the Global Partnership monitoring for action.
All political and substantive efforts to implement the new Work Programme will culminate in a GPEDC High-Level Meeting in 2022 (HLM3). To bring Ministers from all regions together for a high-level political dialogue on effectiveness in the 2030 era, the new Work Programme must embrace a strategic, appealing and simple narrative around how effective development co-operation helps deliver sustainable results for more people, especially in times when hard-won gains around sustainable development are at risk of being minimised.
With this in mind, participants of the GPEDC Virtual Workshop worked together on the ten proposed action areas, including through the established ‘action area working groups’, to test their appeal to partner country governments and non-state actors, and discussed how to support actors at country level and develop a collective narrative to mobilise political support in the run up to HLM3. The meeting also dedicated one session to discuss expectations of the GPEDC monitoring reform and synergies of the monitoring with other action areas.