Effective development co-operation

Monitoring effectiveness of development co-operation


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Global Partnership monitoring provides evidence on progress in implementing effective development co-operation commitments at the country, regional and global level, supporting accountability among all development partners.

Monitoring for the SDGs

The Global Partnership’s monitoring exercise tracks progress achieved in implementing the four agreed effective development co-operation principles: country ownership, focus on results, inclusive partnerships and transparency and accountability. The process is country-led, based on developing countries own data and information systems, involves the full range of development stakeholders and contributes to strengthening mutual accountability for implementing commitments and promoting country level dialogue between development partners.

The indicator monitoring framework focuses on strengthening developing countries institutions, increasing the transparency and predictability of development co-operation, enhancing gender equality, as well as supporting greater involvement of civil society, parliaments and the private sector in development efforts.

While other international accountability frameworks monitor what results and outcomes stem from development co-operation, the Global Partnership monitoring framework seeks to capture behaviour change by focusing on how stakeholders engage in development co-operation.

The Global Partnership monitoring framework informs the measurement of SDG indicators assessing the quality of partnerships and policies needed to effectively deliver the 2030 Agenda. Specifically, monitoring exercises provide data for countries to report on the following SDG targets:


  • 17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.
  • 17.15: Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development.
  • 5c: Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.



Reform of the Global Partnership Monitoring

In the lead-up to the Global Partnership’s 2022 High-Level Meeting (HLM3) – which will also mark the halfway point of SDG implementation – the moment is right to reflect on the challenges that have accompanied the achievements of the monitoring exercise, ensuring it delivers on its original promise while meeting the evolving needs of its stakeholders and producing evidence relevant to the effectiveness challenges of today.

A reform of the monitoring exercise will thus take place during 2020-2022, resulting in a new monitoring proposal, for endorsement at HLM3. It will build on the commitment made in Nairobi to update the monitoring framework. Given the scope of the reform, there is a need for a “period of transition”, during which there will not be a global monitoring round.



2018 Global Partnership Monitoring Round

The Third Monitoring Round of the Global Partnership was launched in June 2018. Eighty-six partner countries and territories, in collaboration with more than 100 development partners, provided data as part of the monitoring exercise. The 2019 Global Progress report presents results from the third Monitoring Round. The Report examines how partner countries are putting in place the building blocks for an effective, whole-of-society development effort (Part I) and how effectively development partners support such country-led efforts (Part II).

2016 Global Partnership Monitoring Round

2014 Global Partnership Monitoring Round

2006-2008-2011 Paris Declaration Monitoring Rounds



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