Development actors must work together to maximise aid impact, says UNDP Administrator Helen Clark

Nov 30, 2016

Nairobi, Kenya, 30 November 2016Governments, bilateral and multilateral organisations, civil society and the private sector must continue to work together to maximise the impact of development aid, said the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group Helen Clark.

Speaking at the opening of the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, Helen Clark said: “Meeting the aspiration of the 2030 Agenda to “leave no one behind” calls for strong partnerships and new ways of working together.” 

“The Partnership must work to unleash the untapped potential of multi-stakeholder participation”, Helen Clark said. “We can go further together than each of us can in our own silos.”   

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation aims to advance four main principles: that development co-operation efforts are aligned with the priorities of developing countries, are focused on the achievement of transformative results, include all relevant stakeholders, and enshrine transparency and accountability.

 “The Partnership should bolster existing relationships and facilitate new ones,” said Helen Clark. “It must be fully inclusive of North-South, South-South, and Triangular Co-operation, thereby recognizing that the traditional distinction between providers and recipients has become somewhat outdated.”

She added that the Partnership must be country-focused, and its global and technical platforms need to be mindful that results happen at the country level.   

This week’s meeting is being hosted by the Government of Kenya and brings together ministers and other high-level government officials from several countries, and representatives of international organisations, civil society, and private sector, to help shape partnerships for more effective development co-operation as countries work towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNDP, jointly with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), hosted a workshop on Monitoring of Effective Development Co-operation to assess development co-operation progress based on data assessing 81 countries/territories from the Global Partnership’s Second Monitoring Round.

The report, titled “Making Development Co-operation More Effective: 2016 Progress Report”, presents progress against the 10 indicators of the effective development co-operation monitoring framework that include whether aid is untied, and if development cooperation is transparent and predictable. The report also offers an assessment of areas where urgent action is needed to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda.


For more information on HLM2 click here. For more on the Global Partnership, click here.

For the “Making Development Co-operation More Effective: 2016 Progress Report,” click here.

About the Global Partnership

The Global Partnership was created in 2011 at the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Republic of Korea, and came into effect in 2012. It brings together governments, bilateral and multilateral organisations, civil society and representatives from parliaments and the private sector and seeks to ensure that development cooperation – including Official Development Assistance (ODA) and other forms of development finance –are based on the principles of country ownership, achieving results, inclusive partnerships, and transparency and accountability. These principles are firmly anchored in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda agreed at the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development in July 2015.

The Global Partnership is co-chaired by Goodall Edward Gondwe, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Malawi; Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico; and Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation, The Netherlands. UNDP and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) make up the Global Partnership’s joint support team. 

For further information, please contact:

Amber Kiwan, UNDP,, +254 780230539

Mwendwa Kiogora, UNDP,

Sandra Macharia, UNDP,

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