Development effectiveness is about doing our work as development actors better. It is about delivering long lasting results that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals in a timely and cost-effective manner, but ultimately it is about securing development outcomes that contribute the most to the flourishing of societies.
Development effectiveness is central to international development and its evaluation. It encompasses the fundamental concept that development assistance be measured against the goals it sets for itself. The OECD has recognised the need for shared principles for effective development since 2003, and since then there have been multiple agreements and monitoring efforts for development effectiveness.
The Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation is the most recent agreement from the OECD. More than 160 countries and over 50 organisations agreed to four “Shared Principles of Effective Development Co-operation” outlined in the document. These principles are for all development actors, not just donor states.
Busan Shared Principles to Achieve Common Goals (2011)
- Ownership of development priorities development countries: countries should define the development model that they want to implement.
- A focus on results: having a sustainable impact should be the driving force behind investments and efforts in development policy making.
- Partnerships for development: Development depends on the participation of all actors and recognises the diversity and complementarity of their functions.
- Transparency and shared responsibility: development co-operation must be transparent and accountable to all citizens.
Development effectiveness is crucial to the full realisation of Agenda 2030. The SDGs require the mobilisation and effective use of all types of development resources, including but not restricted to financial flows.
Dóchas members continue to apply the principles of effective development in their work but have also development their own principles for development effectiveness as applied specifically to civil society organisations. Dóchas’ codes of conduct and professional standards articulate standards of best practice in the sector and guide the policies and practice of all Dóchas members.
- Dóchas 'Shared Principles for Effective Development' (2014)
- Dóchas Summary Report to the Open Forum on Framework for CSO development effectiveness (2011)
- Dóchas 'Towards Indicators and Mechanisms for Development Effectiveness
- Dóchas Report 'Partnership in Practice - A Kenyan Perspective on the Nature of Relationships with Irish NGOs (2010)
- Dóchas 'Irish NGOs and Development Effectiveness - How We Did It' Seminar Series (2010)
- Dóchas 'Development Effectiveness and Busan: a briefing paper for Dóchas members (2011)
Government and Multilateral Publications
- Mexico High Level Meeting Communique (2014)
- Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation Outcome Document (2011)
- Istandbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness (2010)
- Irish Aid's Civil Society Policy and Development Effectiveness Presentation
- OECD 'Partnering with Civil Society: 12 Lessons from DAC Peer Reviews' (2012)
- ODI 'Development effectiveness for the SDG era' (2016)
- Trócaire 'Making Aid Effective means Protecting Civil Society' (2011)
- ODI 'A Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Policy Influence' (2011)
- ADM Policy Steering: The Role and Use of Performance Measurement Indicators' (2011)
- Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness 'Advocacy Toolkit'
- Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness 'Putting the Istanbul Principles into Practice'
- BOND 'Assessing effectiveness in empowering programmes' (2013)
- ODI 'Where Next for Development Effectiveness: Building a Renewed Consensus' (2016)
- IBON Centre 'Primer on ODA and Development Effectiveness' (2009)
- The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation website
- CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness website
- Irish Aid Delivering Results webpage
- The European Commission Development Effectiveness webpage