The Pilot Programme on Enhanced Use of Country Results Frameworks
From 2015-2017, the main activity of the Global Partnership Initiative on Results and Mutual Accountability (GPI R&MA) was the pilot programme aimed at enhancing the quality and use of Country Results Frameworks. The programme generated policy recommendations on:
- How to improve the use of partner country results frameworks;
- How to integrate financing and results processes;
- How to integrate accountability for the 2030 agenda at the country level;
- How to create effective country-region-global linkages;
- How to improve country level planning and budgeting linkages.
The programme was implemented by partner countries and facilitated by the regional platforms responsible for knowledge exchange and learning. The three regional platforms are:
- The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD Agency), the implementing agency of the African Union based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The NEPAD Agency, through its African Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev), coordinated discussions among Madagascar
- The Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF), a multi-country platform chaired by Bangladesh and hosted by UNDP based in in Bangkok, Thailand, coordinated the programme in Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Vietnam and Myanmar.
- Proyecto Mesoamérica (PM), a multi-government cooperation network to promote regional integration based in in San Salvador, El Salvador, coordinated the programme in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Belize, Paraguay and Peru. Mexico participates as an observer.
A brief overview of the outcomes of the pilot programme is presented in this video. Through the collaboration of the three regions a number of policy recommendations were developed and presented to the political level during the Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) in Nairobi late 2016. The four main recommendations towards CRF improvements were:
- A sustainable link between technical and political actors
An effective Country Results Framework and integration of the SDGs and relevant development agendas in national development planning and financing requires prioritizing and continuous dialogue at both political and technical levels;
- An institutional framework that focuses on coordination
Achieving national results and working towards the SDGs can only work: when planning, financing and statistics are merged in a coordinated system; when accountability for results is spread across society; and when coordination among sectors and between national and local levels is functioning;
- Smarter use of development cooperation
Effective development cooperation can achieve country results through a focus across three areas: filling financing and knowledge gaps; leveraging other sources of public and private finance; and supporting the development of institutions that can enable more integrated national financing frameworks for sustainable development;
- The key role of regional platforms
Regional platforms need further support to fulfil their potential as effective hubs for connecting countries’ experiences and overall coordination of the programme. Their proximity to and knowledge of the country contexts and sub-regional issues makes their roles crucial when it comes to facilitating mutual learning, south-south cooperation and linking finance with results.
The recommendations highlight the need for development cooperation to move beyond purely technical cooperation to addressing the institutional factors delaying or inhibiting results achievement and to dialogue with donors towards a larger focus on the financing realities of their partners. The need for more technical and financial resources was also emphasized.
The GPI R&MA, in cooperation with the three regional platforms, will continue to work on the country level results and will integrate the concept of Collective Accountability in their discussions.