South-South providers at China-meet hear Asia-Pacific perspectives on development cooperation

Mar 28, 2014

Traditional development cooperation accounts for a declining portion of development financing in Asia and the Pacific. UNDP

Beijing: Asia-Pacific perspectives on economic and development cooperation between countries of the global south, commonly known as South-South Cooperation, will shape discussions on development effectiveness at a global meet in Mexico next month.

Developing countries in the region are already taking forward measures to ensure that they have the capacities in place to manage South-South Cooperation and Official Development Assistance (ODA) in ways that complement each other to ensure stronger development results.

This was a key message coming from the Asia Pacific consultations for first High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (10-11 March, Seoul) and shared by the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility at a global workshop for south-south cooperation providers including Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa (BRICS), held in Beijing on March 24th.

The workshop co-hosted by the  Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITECand the United Nations Development Programme China Country Office was also organised as a consultation ahead of the HLM scheduled for Mexico on 15-16 April 2014. The workshop led to a number of concrete proposals for strengthening dialogue across providers of south-south cooperation including on the issue of assessing impact.

Tom Beloe, of the AP-DEF Secretariat and UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre Development Effectiveness Advisor, shared Asia-Pacific perspectives and evidence on progress in implementing the Busan Commitments from 2011, which seek to make development cooperation more inclusive, transparent and accountable with strong country ownership. 

In an interview (watch video ) at a regional consultation earlier in the month, Beloe underscored that given changing trends in financing in Asia and expanding models of development partnership, capacities in recipient governments have to change as well.

These  changing trends including in ODA are captured by the Asia-Pacific Development Cooperation Regional Report commissioned by the AP-DEF and due to be released early April, 2014.

The report which will be available on this website in early April is a bridge between country efforts and the global policy discourse, ahead of a high-level meeting on development effectiveness in Mexico.

The region is looking to next month’s Mexico meet as an opportunity to:

  • Make solid and tangible links between the development effectiveness agenda and discussions on  development goals for a Post-2015 era;
  • Maintain the development cooperation radar on the most poor and vulnerable - the majority of whom reside in the region and in middle income countries and like low-income countries and small-island developing states, are equally vulnerable to the challenges of managing the impacts of climate change;
  • Begin a global conversation urgently needed to revise the income per capita classification in a Post-2015 era, where coherent economic, social or environmental development is targeted and where no-one is left behind;
  • Shape the global discourse on South-South Cooperation (SSC) as a modality of cooperation infused by both providers’ and recipients perspectives from the region;
  • Propose ways in which innovative Triangular Cooperation can effectively augment SSC and knowledge sharing in a Post-2015 era;
  • Advance effective public-private dialogue, alignment of corporate and social priorities and improved accountability and transparency within the private sector
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