Aid effectiveness

Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness


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Overview l Busan Partnership Agreement l Opening ceremony l Busan Building Blocks l Five partnership principlesBackground

In Busan, Korea, on the occasion of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4,  29 November-1 December 2011), over 3000 delegates met to review progress on implementing the principles of the Paris Declaration. They also discussed how to maintain the relevance of the aid effectiveness agenda in the context of the evolving development landscape.

The forum culminated in the signing of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation by ministers of developed and developing nations, emerging economies, providers of South-South and triangular co-operation and civil society - marking a critical turning point in development co-operation.

Busan Partnership Agreement

 After extended  negotiations, 18 sherpas - elected to represent a wide group of stakeholders - reached agreement on the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation. This declaration for the first time establishes an agreed framework for development co-operation that embraces traditional donors, South-South co-operators, the BRICS, civil society organisations and private funders.

The process has been guided by the DAC-hosted Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-EFF), which brings together representatives of over 80 countries and organisations.

» Consult the Busan Partnership Agreement in full: Arabic English FrenchSpanish l Portuguese

» The endorsement process

» Countries endorsing the Busan outcome document


Opening ceremony

During the HLF-4 opening ceremony, speeches were made by Korean Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Min Dong-seok (read the article here), OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, Korean President Lee Myung-bak, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Rwandan President Paul Kagame (audio), Queen Rania of Jordan, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chair of the Better Aid Co-ordinating Group Antonio Tujan Jr.

Video from the opening ceremony 



Building Blocks and Thematic Sessions

Summaries of the Building Blocks and Thematic Sessions.

Building Block Sponsors of building block supporters.


Five partnership principles

The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness follows meetings in Rome, Paris and Accra that helped transform aid relationships between donors and partners into true vehicles for development co-operation. 

Based on 50 years of field experience and research, the five principles that were agreed at these fora encourage local ownership, alignment of development programmes around a country’s development strategy, harmonisation of practices to reduce transaction costs, avoidance of fragmented efforts and the creation of results frameworks.

Looking ahead, diverse sources of finance, knowledge and expertise play key and complementary roles in the future of development - and broad, dynamic partnerships envisaged in the Busan agreement will continue to give these principles relevance.



Partner country members of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness have outlined their vision and priorities for HLF-4.

» Partner Country Position Paper

The discussions in Busan were based on evidence from the: 

  • Working Party on Aid Effectiveness: This inclusive forum engages in a range of topics in development co-operation from public-private partnerships to co-operation between developing and middle-income countries
  • 2011 Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration: The third of its kind, this regular monitoring survey assesses donors' progress in achieving the targets in the Paris Declaration. This round also includes the monitoring survey of the Fragile States Principles.
  • Evaluation of Paris Declaration implementation efforts: A major independent joint evaluation is looking at efforts to improve development co-operation and assessing results.
  • Regional and sectoral consultations