The Fourth High-level forum (HLF-4) on aid effectiveness was held in Busan, Korea 29th November to 1st December 2011.
HLF-4 was a defining moment for international development, reflecting collective efforts by developed and developing partners and by all development stakeholders to implement the international framework to improve the quality of aid. The High-level Forum followed meetings in Rome in 2003, Paris in 2005 and Accra in 2008, which established principles and modalities for transforming aid relationships between donors and partners into true vehicles for development cooperation.
The Commonwealth’s 54 members make-up a diverse community which is a microcosm of the global aid community. Accordingly the Commonwealth Secretariat has undertaken a multifaceted work programme to help build Commonwealth consensus on key aid effectiveness policy issues and key policy recommendations for consideration by the wider international community in its preparations for the HLF-4.
A major pillar of this programme was a high-level Pan-Commonwealth HLF-4 preparatory meeting at Marlborough House, London on 8 and 9 September, 2011. An expected outcome of this meeting will be a draft statement on ‘Accelerating Development with more Effective Aid’, for discussion by senior officials and consideration by Commonwealth Finance Ministers in September 2011 at Commonwealth Finance Ministers meeting.
High-level Pan-Commonwealth Preparatory meeting for Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, London, UK
8th -9th September 2011
The purpose of this meeting was to focus Commonwealth discussion on a number of key priority areas where common ground can be found in the Commonwealth with a view to making concrete recommendations for consideration by Commonwealth Finance Ministers and the wider international community in the run up to HLF-4. A number of areas will be discussed and include the following: transparency; aid management platforms; mutual accountability; results based management; post-Busan architecture; non-DAC actors; and climate finance. The outcome of this meeting was a draft statement on ‘Accelerating Development with more Effective Aid’, for discussion by senior officials and consideration by Commonwealth Finance Ministers. It is the intention that this statement will be submitted formally to the WP-EFF by our SG.
This workshop focused on Commonwealth country perspectives on the progress and challenges at the country-level derived from a discussion of the findings of the 2011 independent evaluation of the Paris Declaration. The workshop also discussed new emerging challenges such as: non-DAC flows; the global aid architecture; and the role of aid as a catalyst.
This workshop presented the findings of the Commonwealth work programme on domestic and mutual accountability; and discussed country experience with a view to obtaining wider country input into the Commonwealth key messages paper on building stronger synergies between domestic and mutual accountability.
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