Development Effectiveness


This portal focuses on the enabling environment for civil society and the development effectiveness debate.

Key Declarations on Development Effectiveness
Monitoring Efforts
Advocacy Documents
Research Products
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Nairobi Outcome Document

This document is the outcome of the 2016 High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) in Nairobi, setting the agenda for development effectiveness and implementation of the 2011 Busan Partnership Agreement for years to come. The Nairobi Outcome Document importantly acknowledged the global shrinking of civic space and committed the GPEDC and its members to accelerate progress in creating an enabling environment for civil society, in line with the Busan Partnership Agreement.

Key Declarations on Development Effectiveness

Monitoring Efforts

  • Making Development Co-operation More Effective: 2016 Progress Report: This report provides the results of the second global monitoring exercise by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) regarding progress on development effectiveness commitments of the Busan Partnership Agreement. The results and analysis were meant to be used for discussion around global progress in effective development co-operation at the second High Level Meeting of the GPEDC in Nairobi, Kenya from November 28 to December 1. The report shows that little progress was made on providing civil society an enabling environment for their work, despite states’ commitments to do so.
  • Assessment of Evidence by the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness: This 2016 report by the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) assesses global progress on the Busan Partnership commitment to enable “civil society [to operate] within an environment that maximizes its engagement in and contribution to development.” It draws from ICNL and other secondary research, as well as the results of a 2016 monitoring exercise using a refined methodology for measuring enabling environments in more than 70 countries.
  • Monitoring Guide 2015-2016: Monitoring the effective development cooperation commitments: This document explains the objectives, process and methodology for the 2015-16 monitoring round of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, which aims at monitoring the implementation of selected commitments made in the Busan Partnership agreement to improve the effectiveness of development co-operation.
  • Review of Evidence of Progress on Civil Society Related Commitments of the Busan High Level Forum: This report provides an overview of evidence of progress on commitments made at the Accra and Busan High Level Forums, as a qualitative contribution to the GPEDC’s monitoring exercise. It informed discussion on progress since Busan at the 2014 first High Level Meeting of the GPEDC.
  • An Enabling Environment for Civil Society Organizations: A Synthesis of Evidence of Progress since Busan: The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) submitted this report to the GPEDC. Citing data from the Civic Space Initiative, it concluded that––despite the Busan commitments––governments have heightened restrictions on CSOs in recent years, particularly regarding access to foreign funding, thereby undermining sustainable and inclusive development. 
  • International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness Toolkits: The Implementation Toolkit provides guidance on putting the Istanbul Principles into practice and the Advocacy Toolkit provides guidance on promoting a more enabling environment in any country or region.
  • Aid Effectiveness 2005-10: Progress in Implementing the Paris Declaration: Aid Effectiveness 2005-10: Progress in Implementing the Paris Declaration draws on the results of the 2011 Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration, building on similar surveys undertaken in 2006 and 2008. A total of 78 countries and territories volunteered to participate in the final round of surveys, which look at the state of play in 2010.

Advocacy Documents

Research Products

  • Comparative Studies of Multi-stakeholder Initiatives: The Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment commissioned a study on what contributes to good performance of multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs). This study is relevant considering the emphasis placed on partnerships as an instrument of international development cooperation, including within the framework of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
  • Engaging Citizens and Civil Society to Promote Good Governance and Development Effectiveness: A brief published by the Asian Development Bank on the growing movement for governments to engage with citizens and civil society and how that affects good governance and development effectiveness.

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