To: Ministers and Heads of organisations endorsing the
Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (all)
Tokyo, 13 October 2012
As the Co-Chairs of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, we met in Tokyo for the first time to discuss our initial ideas for the Global Partnership, and to identify some concrete first steps for your consideration as we prepare to mark the anniversary of last year’s High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, held in Busan, Republic of Korea in November/December 2011.
In our discussion today, we noted the importance of the shared principles and common goals agreed in Busan to promote effective development co-operation. We took note of the fact that a framework focused on “aid” has given way to a broader international consensus that emphasises partnership approaches to co-operation.
This consensus recognises the voluntary and country-specific nature of our efforts, and will see us placing greater emphasis on making sure that co-operation efforts have a catalytic effect on development. In this regard, we would like to congratulate you for engaging with the former Working Party on Aid Effectiveness to reach a broad consensus on the mandate and role of the Global Partnership, as well as the indicators, targets and process that will support the global monitoring of Busan commitments.
We also take this opportunity to thank you for the trust you have placed in us as your Co-Chairs.
This is above all a partnership – one that is broader and more inclusive than ever before – and our first
priority is to listen and respond to your perspectives and priorities.
Each of us is committed to strengthening accountability for the implementation of Busan
commitments and actions, and to promoting transparency in our development co-operation. While
discussions in Busan highlighted many technical solutions to the challenges we face, we emerged from
the High-Level Forum recognising that the biggest bottlenecks to effective co-operation are political.
We would like to propose that ministers and heads of organisations meet in 2013 to take stock of
the implementation of Busan commitments, and to guide future efforts.
As a first step, we will be convening the first meeting of the 18-member Steering Committee in December 2012 (full details will follow shortly). We will task the senior officials that you nominated as your representatives to this
committee to start taking stock of progress and challenges, and to consider how the Global Partnership
can best help to transform Busan commitments into reality. Nowhere is this more urgent than in
developing countries, where the results of our efforts must be felt. We will also invite them to consider
what a global framework for development co-operation that goes beyond “aid” looks like in practice, how
the efforts of the Global Partnership might contribute to a post-2015 UN development agenda, and how
co-ordination and convergence with other international processes can best be achieved.
Steering Committee members will be encouraged to bring their ideas and those of their constituencies to shape the agenda of this first meeting. As representatives of the various constituencies of the Global Partnership, they are your representatives, and we invite you to engage with them actively to share your priorities for the partnership; and to share any relevant initiatives or activities being undertaken in your country or organisation.
We are also pleased to note that the OECD and UNDP are working closely to provide a light global support function for the Global Partnership, complementing their existing work on development co-operation. Staff from both organisations stand ready to respond to your questions and will liaise with us to listen to your priorities and provide further information on the Global Partnership.
Armida S. Alisjahbana
Minister of National Development Planning /
Head of National Development Planning Agency,
Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance,
Post by: Bruno Ayllón Pino. Research Fellowship. Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea). Brazil
Secretary of State for International Development,