Inclusive development is a key commitment of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), which is responsible for shepherding advancements in the 2011 Busan Partnership Agreement. Inclusive development aims to ensure that development programmes and policies are designed to benefit all individuals through a human rights-based approach by involving all relevant players in development.
It is also a way of rewriting the rules underlying development cooperation – listening to the voices of the marginalised and allowing space for development initiatives by a range of development stakeholders - including donor and partner governments, civil society, parliamentarians and the private sector.
Alongside inclusive development, it is essential to build inclusive multi-stakeholder partnerships to promote democratic processes in development cooperation across different arenas and maximise institutional synergies towards the crafting and implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, inclusion is a central principle of GPEDC.
As part of its multi-stakeholder approach, GPEDC includes the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) as an integral member. Together and in collaboration with the Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment, they promote policies that support human rights-based, multi-stakeholder partnerships, CSO enabling environments and CSO development effectiveness at country and global levels.
CSOs are now recognised as independent development stakeholders and are strong advocates of inclusive partnerships for development under key principles such as democratic ownership, transparency and accountability, and a commitment to people-centred development.
GPEDC recently reaffirmed its focus on the implementation of Busan commitments and inclusive development by taking an in-depth look at improving global and country-level multi-stakeholder partnerships for development, and by strengthening both the global monitoring framework, as well as the monitoring process itself, including through enhanced stakeholder consultations and a technical Advisory Group.
These steps are intended to ensure that the GPEDC continues to offer an accountability mechanism that is relevant to the Post-2015 processes. In addition, the GPEDC can make a powerful contribution to the key UN discussions on the post-2015 development goals and indicators, financing for development, the post-2015 development agenda and climate change.
By positioning itself as a catalyst to accelerate the implementation of the agreements that will come out of these processes, the GPEDC can help make a stronger impact on the lives of people living in poverty.
This session aims to discuss how the role of CSOs and other stakeholders in inclusive partnerships can be further strengthened as part of an effective development cooperation process and the post-2015 agenda. In doing so, the guiding questions will be structured as follows:
• How can the development effectiveness agenda promote inclusive partnerships as effective tools to implement the Post-2015 development agenda?
• How can inclusive partnerships become relevant for ‘new players’ in development, such as the private sector and emerging economies, as a bridge towards achieving inclusive development?
• As a unique partnership that offers different stakeholders equal access to governance mechanisms, is the GPEDC itself a viable example, for CSO engagement, as an implementation mechanism for the post-2015 agenda?
• How can the human rights-based approach foster inclusive partnerships for effective development cooperation?
• How can the European Union contribute to ensuring an enabling environment for different stakeholders to actively participate in the decision-making and implementation of development cooperation? What role can other GPEDC stakeholders play?