1-2 February 2005
Joint Chairs’ statement
The Forum on Partnership for More Effective Development Co-operation was convened to promote greater dialogue and mutual understanding among the world’s principal providers of development co-operation. The Forum brought together for the first time in eight years the members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee with a wide range of non-OECD governments and institutions involved in development co-operation and South-South initiatives. The meeting was held under the joint auspices of the Development Assistance Committee and the UNDP.
Forum participants agreed that the dialogue in the area of development co-operation and donorship should be intensified. In a keynote address, the Administrator of UNDP, Mr. Mark Malloch Brown, spoke of the need for more “science and system” in the provision of development co-operation.
Forum participants agreed on the following points:
1) There was significant scope for stronger coordination and mutual, two-way learning between OECD and non-OECD participants. In this context, participants considered this Forum as a first step in the build-up of a structured and sustained dialogue through periodic consultations and other venues.
2) All participants recognised the importance of the Goals in the Millennium Declaration as a key point of reference, and welcomed the increasing contributions by non-OECD governments and institutions to assist less developed countries.
3) In the context of resourcing for the goals, the Brazilian Delegation briefed the meeting on the joint initiative by Brazil, Chile, France and Spain to study innovative sources of funding for development. This has been submitted to the Bretton Woods Institutions and will be discussed further during international meetings in the course of the year. The Brazilian Delegation also indicated the importance of a facility to advance development financing.
4) DAC members acknowledged the important contribution of South-South co-operation, particularly through the sharing of experience and know-how, to furthering the development of developing countries. In this respect, Forum participants
1. agreed that South-South and triangular co-operation can improve the aid efficiency and effectiveness in emphasising ownership and inclusive partnerships;
2. expressed their interest in advancing triangular co-operation. In this context, reference was made to the perceived need and valuable input from the side of the DAC to strengthen the delivery capacity of some non-OECD participants;
3. identified the need for a more systematic approach to sharing experience, knowledge and lessons learnt in the area of South-South and triangular co-operation.
4. recognised the capacity and preparedness of UNDP to facilitate promoting collaboration between OECD and non-OECD participants, which would also be open to development partners not represented at the Forum.
5) Participants expressed the desirability of better information on assistance provided by the entirety of the donor community, recognising that the DAC sets the definitions for Official Development Assistance (ODA). Participants agreed that
1. there was an interest and importance for non-OECD participants to report on a voluntary basis on total ODA disbursements, as well as geographical and sectoral distribution to the extent possible, on an annual basis. Information reported will be included in DAC publications to increase the comprehensiveness of ODA data;
2. greater exchange of information would facilitate coordination of development co-operation and allow the identification of entry points for co-operation among DAC and non-OECD participants;
6) Participants recognised the importance of effective aid delivery at all levels. They agreed on the need to increase mutual understanding and partner ownership to continue the dialogue in the most fruitful way. Participants further
1. recognised the already high degree of coordination among some non-OECD participants;
2. agreed on the desirability of closer in-country coordination, particularly where this is being led by recipient partner countries;
3. welcomed the opportunity provided by the Paris High Level Forum on Harmonisation and Alignment for Aid Effectiveness in Paris, from 28 February to 2 March, for discussing these issues further.
7) Participants agreed on the importance and value of sharing information on their policies and on their systems for managing aid, and on their arrangements, notably Peer Reviews carried out by DAC Members, for enhancing effectiveness. Participants
1. noted the interest on behalf of several non-OECD participants – on a voluntary basis – in observership of DAC Peer Reviews, and in DAC Joint Country Assessments;
2. encouraged exploring opportunities for sharing DAC members’ experience in the area of aid management;
3. welcomed the intention on the side of the DAC and its Secretariat to improve access to guidelines and good practice principles; and UNDP’s readiness to collaborate in this regard;
4. agreed on the value of maintaining a network to exchange information, and to build up a better knowledge base, with a long term view to facilitating better coordination between OECD and non-OECD participants on practices and approaches to development co-operation.
5. Several participants suggested that more Multilateral Development Banks be associated with further meetings.
8) Participants discussed the “tsunami” and reflected on the lessons to be drawn from this event. They also discussed the issue of Policy Coherence for Development.