Käte Hamburger Lecture

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: Origins, Actions and Future Prospects

Bonn – 9 September 2015

In a joint event of the German Development Institute (DIE) and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21), Dr. Talaat Abdel-Malek presented his recently published 'The global partnership for effective development cooperation: origins, actions and future prospects' (DIE Studies no. 88). Dr Talaat Abdel-Malek, is a former Senior Economic Adviser to the Minister of International Cooperation in Egypt and former chair of the OECD/DAC Working Party on Aid Effectiveness. Building on the author’s personal experiences and relevant OECD documents, the comprehensive study traces the evolution of the international aid system during the post–Second World War period and analyses the potential of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation to mature into an universally accepted institution.

As former chief negotiator Abdel-Malek could show which dynamics developed during the negotiations on the agreement of the "Paris Agenda for Aid Effectiveness" in Paris in 2005, Accra in 2008 and Busan in 2011 and what lessons can be drawn for successful, consensus-based international agreements.

As a ’lessons learned’ he demanded strong institutional capacity for negotiating rounds, for example qualified staff and databases to support decision makers. At the same time Abdel-Malek warned that bureaucracies are known to defend themselves against transformation. Therefore, strong leadership is required that can break these forms of resistance if necessary. With regard to the implementation of decisions it is indispensable in addition to the technical aspects that sustained political support is available to implement the results of negotiations. In addition, incentive structures need to be created which ensure while keeping cultural differences in mind that all negotiating partners alike take responsibility for the decisions. He further pleaded for the formulation of clear, measurable and with the existing resources achievable goals in negotiations.

Uwe Gehlen (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Head of Division 414), and Dr Sushil Kuma (Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), Delhi/India, Senior Fellow and participant of MGG Academy 2015) provided comments to the lecture.
Prof. Dr Dirk Messner, Co-Director of the Centre and Director of the DIE, chaired the lively discussion afterwards.

Time: 17:00-19:00 h
Venue: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, Tulpenfeld 6, 53133 Bonn

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