High-level forums—from Monterrey in 2002 to Busan in 2011—have affirmed development partner commitments to the effective use of aid. Across these gatherings, participants recognized the adverse impacts of uncoordinated aid in terms of duplicated and fragmented efforts.
Bi- and multilateral agencies, development banks and global funds also acknowledged the impacts of weak coordination on governments’ capacities to absorb aid and deliver at scale. Partner approaches (including through the work of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, or GPEDC) favor alignment with national policies and systems, streamlining procedures and transitioning from donor-driven dialogue to country-owned coordination.
In the education sector, partners work alongside governments through local education groups (or the equivalent) to support national priorities, understand bottlenecks and manage the growing complexity in the development landscape.