The High Level Meeting of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) was held in London on December 4-5. According to the HLM website, the meeting focused on “three strategic issues:
- Post-2015 development agenda: delivering strong messages of support from the DAC Membership for the UN-led effort to identify a successor framework for the Millennium Development Goals, and on what this framework must include.
- Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation: reviewing actions agreed in Busan in 2011 and examining how the DAC will contribute to the Global Partnership.
- External development finance: analysing a future development finance framework and the strategic role of official development assistance in that context. participants discussed a wide range of development assistance issues, including the changing global context for Development Assitance. “ Continue reading
“In the years since 9/11, America’s foreign assistance program has played an increasingly important role in our foreign and national security policies. Through our aid and development efforts, we have saved lives, lifted people out of poverty, accelerated economic growth in poor countries and helped stabilize fragile societies. …”
“As the importance of foreign assistance has grown, so has the number of mechanisms to dispense it. (…) All in all, today more than 24 different agencies play some role in our development and assistance efforts. Policymakers have for some time recognized that we need to bring better strategic guidance and coordination to this system.”
“In particular, we need a better way to monitor and evaluate these programs to make sure they are working well and fulfilling their policy goals. We need consistent guidelines for success across the different agencies that handle foreign assistance, and a better method for translating lessons learned into improved performance. …”
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By Samuel Loewenberg
A conversation with USAID administrator Rajiv Shah on expanding public-private partnerships and integrating development and emergency intervention.
“The son of Indian immigrants from Ann Arbor, Mich., and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and the Wharton School of Business, Rajiv Shah began his career at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he ran the organization’s agriculture program and went on to serve as chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In December 2009, at the age of 37, he was sworn in as head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) — only days before a devastating earthquake hit Haiti.
In an interview for Foreign Policy, Samuel Loewenberg spoke with Shah about how he is reinventing USAID, an often-embattled agency charged with helping the world’s poorest countries develop, while at the same time dealing with crises around the globe. …”
To read Shah’s interview with Foreign Policy visit: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/05/03/interview_a_business_like_approach_to_foreign_aid?page=0,0
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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an active participant in the ongoing international dialogue regarding south-south and triangular cooperation as well as horizontal partnerships. Both governments and development partners have expressed a need to develop and improve knowledge and information sharing mechanisms regarding these alternative cooperation modalities.
To respond to the needs and challenges identified, PAHO has established a web portal for knowledge sharing as well as the documentation and systematization of case stories related to all types of horizontal partnerships among countries for health development. The portal seeks to foster an interactive community of practitioners and encourage peer learning in order to develop more effective and sustainable models of international cooperation in health.
The portal aims to address some of the following key observations and findings regarding South-South and Triangular Cooperation:
- need to document and systematize information on South-South cooperation
- need to match supply and demand for cooperation in more systematic and informed ways
- need to highlight Southern perspectives and approaches to South-South and Triangular Cooperation including providing Southern development partners opportunities to share their experiences at the Regional and Global levels
- need to expand to include a wider group of relevant actors such as civil society and academia
By joining the community and participating in the portal, you too can contribute to the international dialogue and discussion regarding the role of horizontal partnerships as well as south-south and triangular cooperation in international cooperation. We look forward to your collaboration and active participation! Visit the site at http://www.paho.org/sscoop.