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African and European parliamentarians address the role of parliaments in global development agenda

12 June 2016

Photo credits: Bethan Phillips/Flickr

Photo credits: Bethan Phillips/Flickr

As part of its Development Effectiveness programme financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), AWEPA organised a “preparatory meeting to the Parliamentary Forum preceding  the second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC)”. The workshop was hosted on 12 June by the Namibian Parliament and was part of the agenda of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia.

The preparatory meeting brought together African parliamentarians and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) attending the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, as well as AWEPA members and staff.

This activity is intended as a preparation for the Parliamentary Forum directly preceding the HLM2 of the GPEDC, which will take place in Nairobi from 28 November to 1 December 2016. The Parliamentary Forum will be co-organised by AWEPA, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Kenyan Parliament, and will present an opportunity for open and honest dialogue regarding the  role of parliament within the development effectiveness agenda, while considering how engagement can be strengthened.

Participants of the preparatory meeting gained an improved understanding of the importance of parliaments within the context of the GPEDC; deliberated on priority inputs to a parliamentary statement to be adopted at the Parliamentary Forum; and organised a strategy for participation in the Forum and the HLM2.

Presentations were given by Hon. Uladi Mussa, Member of the Parliament of Malawi (representing the Malawian Co-Chair of the GPEDC) and Dr. Jeff Balch, AWEPA Director Research & Evaluation and member of the Effective Institutions Platform Advisory Board, among others.

Background information

The GPEDC brings together governments, bilateral and multilateral organisations, civil society and representatives from parliaments and the private sector, committed to strengthening the effectiveness of development co-operation to produce maximum impact for development.

The primary mandate of the GPEDC is to monitor the implementation of the commitments made to various development stakeholders since the turn of the millennium.  These include the Paris Declaration of 2005, the Accra Agenda for Action (2008) and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (2011), to name just a few. By prioritising parliamentary engagement in the GPEDC High Level Meetings, legislators emerge better equipped to leverage existing aid and development effectiveness commitments, which will enable them to manage official development assistance, domestic resource mobilisation, and co-operation with other stakeholders in accordance with agreed international standards.

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