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Bringing the future of development cooperation to post-2015

The Fourth Biennial High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) was held on 10 - 11 July 2014 at the UN headquarters in New York. The meeting took place as part of the High-level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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Engaging all actors in development cooperation

The 2014 DCF engaged the range of stakeholders in an open and inclusive policy dialogue. Donors and programme countries, Southern partners, civil society, philanthropic foundations, members of Parliament, local and regional authorities, private sector and international organizations participated in the Forum. At the two-day meeting, participants examined how development cooperation will need to change to support implementation of a post-2015 development agenda.

Focusing on concrete objectives and issues

The 2014 Forum had four key objectives:

  • Assess how a global partnership for development beyond 2015 could work in practice.
  • Examine implications of a post-2015 development agenda for development cooperation.
  • Identify ways to enhance national and global accountability and effective monitoring of development cooperation.
  • Advance policy dialogue and concrete actions by Southern development cooperation partners on commons issues and challenges. 

The 2014 DCF is poised to develop policy recommendations on these and a range of other key issues, such as: aid quantity and quality; the critical role of ODA in development cooperation post-2015; ensuring the quality and effectiveness of development cooperation; advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women; and a number of specific trends on flows, approaches and actors in DCF side events.

Feeding inputs into the post-2015 process

The 2014 DCF is providing key inputs to the post-2015 development agenda.

It will contribute to a new narrative for development cooperation and suggestions for a robust monitoring and accountability framework for development cooperation in a post-2015 context.

The findings of the 2014 DCF will be distilled in a summary by the President of the Economic and Social Council. They are expected to provide a distinct contribution to policy makers and practitioners in ensuring their development cooperation efforts will support implementation of a post-2015 development agenda.

The outcome of the 2014 DCF will also serve as a key input for a Third International Conference on Financing for Development

Comprehensive analysis and multi-stakeholder preparations

The two-year preparatory process for the Forum has combined analytical work in these areas with stakeholder engagement and high-level policy dialogue:

2014 Report of the Secretary-General on Trends and Progress in International Development Cooperation

The report provides an overview of the two-year preparatory process for the 2014 DCF and highlights the necessity of a new narrative for development cooperation that fits the emerging post-2015 development agenda. It reviews trends on the progress of international development cooperation with particular emphasis on Official Development Assistance (ODA) as well as trends in other sources of development cooperation, principles of the quality and effectiveness of development cooperation and South-South development cooperation. The report also explores features of a renewed global partnership for development and how it could work in practice post-2015, ways to strengthen mutual accountability and availability of useable information, looking ahead to a global monitoring and accountability framework for post-2015.

Programme for the 2014 DCF

The programme was designed to engage multi-stakeholder participants in a candid policy dialogue and to generate recommendations. The aim was to inject messages and concrete proposals on the future of development cooperation into the emerging post-2015 agenda. 

The programme featured the key messages from the DCF preparatory process and a number of reports, including from the Joint Event of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council “The role of partnerships in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda”, the meetings of the Core Groups of Southern Partners, and the First Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. 
The thematic sessions addressed the following topics: aid quantity and quality, the engagement of the diversity of development cooperation actors and implications of this at country level, South-South cooperation, as well as mutual accountability and transparency, and global monitoring and accountability for development cooperation. The thematic sessions culminated in a session on a new narrative for development cooperation.