Over 70 members of the Platform representing central government ministries, sector ministries, national technical institutions, parliamentarians, civil society, think tanks, academia and development partners met in Johannesburg on the 27-28th of February in South Africa. The discussions in South Africa generated considerable enthusiasm and agreement to support a set of concrete proposals for country-level and international -level actions to support institutions needed for transparent, effective and accountable states. These include measuring progress in the quality of our public sector institutions, facilitating more effective development cooperation modalities, promoting knowledge sharing around successful reform efforts, strengthening domestic resource mobilisation, and fostering more accountable and inclusive institutions.
See the concrete proposals in the following concept notes:
A voluntary agreement, a ‘New Consensus on Effective Institutions’, was reached in Busan encompassing 35 countries and organisations which called on specific actions in support of commitments on strengthening our public sector institutions.
Based on the agreements in the Busan Partnership document and the ‘New Consensus’, an initial mapping exercise was undertaken to determine the objectives of this voluntary initiative, now the Effective Institutions Platform. This mapping exercise reflects the responses received from members of this initiative well as current evidence on progress in strengthening public sector institutions.
The Effective Institutions platform is an international partnership of over 50 (high, middle, and low income) countries and organisations (multilateral agencies, bilateral development agencies, civil society, think tanks) which aims to support country needs and expectations in strengthening their public sector institutions. The Platform was created in 2012 in response to international commitments (e.g. at the Busan High Level Forum) on the need to strengthen the effectiveness of our public sector institutions for the delivery of better public services.
The main objectives of the Platform are to:
- Create a space for knowledge sharing and mutual learning around evidence of public sector reform successes and failures
- Support country leadership in reforming the design and implementation of their public sector reforms
- Track and assess the ways in which public sector institutions improve the delivery of public services in developing countries
- Ensure that country and development partner stakeholders can have access to knowledge and experiences which go beyond - or cut across - the technical aspects underpinning the strength of public sector institutions
- Take a problem-solving (rather than a ‘solution-finding’) approach to specific challenges in the strengthening of public sector institutions in different countries (including country-level dialogues)
- Provide an arena to shape politically salient messages for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, the post-2015 discussions and the G20’s Development Working Group
The Effective Institutions Platform is co-chaired
by the United States and Ghana