Implementation Working Group Meeting
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire — May 22nd and 23rd, 2015
On the margins of the African Development Bank (AfDB) annual meetings, the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) held its bi-annual Implementation Working Group meeting between 22nd – 23rd of May.
The Implementation Working Group of the International Dialogue came together at technical level to discuss challenges to New Deal implementation at country level, and to gain greater clarity and shared understanding of what is meant by ‘New Deal Implementation’. A full day workshop, evaluating the use and usefulness of New Deal instruments, concluded on the need for flexibility and to align ‘New Deal implementation strategies’ to opportunities and ongoing processes at a country level, rather than using it as a toolbox or brand. The following day, participants agreed on the need to replicate global dialogue processes at a country level on two issues which the New Deal Monitoring Report (2014) singled out as lacking in progress: the Use of Country Systems and Transparency. The IWG also agreed to consider scaling up collaborative work with the Global Partnership for the next round of monitoring (scheduled for 2015), and on the use of country systems (with the Effective Institutions Platform).
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Steering Group Meeting
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire — May 25th, 2015
On the margins of the African Development Bank (AfDB) annual meetings, the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding held its bi-annual Steering Group meeting on May 25th.
The Steering Group of the International Dialogue, co-chaired by Minister Kaifala Marah, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance and Chair of the g7+, and Minister Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s Minister of International Development Cooperation, met on the 25th of May and reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that lessons from New Deal implementation – which will be captured in the on-going Independent Review of the New Deal and Dialogue – systematically shape crucial global processes underway during this critical year. Participants also agreed to support g7+ members to push for more robust commitments to address the needs of fragile and conflict affected countries in the Financing for Development (FfD) discussions, to be held in Addis Ababa, and to secure Goal 16 as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Plans to host and support special side events to this end in Addis Ababa in July and New York in September were discussed.
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