Development Effectiveness

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 Resources

Government and Multilateral Publications

External Resources

Key Organisations