Friday, September 11, 2015

inclusiveness and international cooperation



I rarely, if ever, blog about work. Usually only if it involves travelling. In fact, this might be my very first post about work per se. I guess there's a first time for everything, eh? You see, last week Mexico hosted the 8th Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

So, what the hell's that partnership and why on earth did it land in a post here? Well, the GPEDC is not that old, it was created at the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in 2011, and it's a political forum committed to strengthening the effectiveness of development co-operation to produce maximum impact for development. And yada yada yada. I mean, there's tons written about this, not gonna get into all the details here, ok? Because what I wanted to mention, what I find incredibly valuable about this forum first and foremost, is that it is truly inclusive. Civil society, parliamentarians, foundations, the private sector, local governments, and recipients of cooperation participate along with international organizations, ministers, development banks and providers of cooperation, all with an equal weight. In the more official international organizations you would not see a representative from, say, civil society, receiving the same deference as a representative from, say, the European Union. For this fact only I find this partnership incredible.

Yeah, like I said, there's more. This partnership underlines the need for recipients of cooperation to own the process and set the agenda. It calls for transparency and accountability from cooperation providers. It understands that inclusive alliances are key. And not surprisingly it insists on a results-oriented approach. 

But none of that would be possible if this were a government only forum. And when I see the Philippines representative sharing with us about their own multi-stakeholder inclusive structures to promote development within their country, and I hear an American representative from the private sector trying to see how to get businesses on board with sustainable development, and the Filipino civil society representative helps us keep on the right side of inclusiveness, I can't help but be moved and feel lucky to be part of this process, however briefly, however gruelling it might have been seing this 8th meeting through successfully.   

What a nerdy post, huh? 

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