Effective states and institutions are vital pre-conditions for development; creating these effective states and institutions requires a holistic approach to supporting public sector reforms and recognising the strategic functions of public financial management and procurement.
For this reason the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation included a number of related commitments (§29).
A voluntary agreement: a New Consensus on Effective Institutions, was reached in Busan which called on specific actions in support of these commitments.
Busan: a new way of working
The Effective Institutions commitments in the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation propose creating more coherent responses to partner country needs in order to sustain their public sector institutions and related reform efforts.
The new consensus treats the areas of accountability, capacity development, and country systems as a whole with the aim of making them more effective in practice. In addition it highlights the following:
Finally, it was also recognised that in order to be effective, a broader array of stakeholders needed to help shape this agenda, including civil society, parliamentarians and others (private sector, media, etc).
How the OECD works to support the effective institutions commitments
In addition, the OECD’s work focuses on a number of areas where the key objective is to support the implementation of commitments to build effective institutions
Busan commitments on supporting effective institutions (§29)
Support the implementation of institutional and policy changes led by developing countries, resulting in effective resource mobilisation and service delivery, including national and sub-national institutions, regional organisations, parliaments and civil society.
Assess country institutions, systems and capacity development needs, led by developing countries.
Support the development of improved evidence on institutional performance to inform policy formulation, implementation and accountability, led by developing countries.
Deepen our learning on the determinants of success for institutional reform, exchanging knowledge and experience at the regional and global levels
About the Effective Institutions platform
The Effective Institutions platform is a partnership of over 40 countries (OECD and non-OECD) and organisations (including donor partners and CSOs), which aims to better support country needs and expectations in strengthening public sector institutions and enabling them to deliver better public services.
The Effective Institutions platform takes a holistic approach to supporting public sector reforms and recognises the strategic functions of public financial management and procurement, as agreed in the Manila Statement on Effective States - a precursor to the Busan commitments.
Objectives of the Effective Institutions platform