Global Donor Platform for Rural Development
Godesberger Allee 119 | 53175 Bonn | Germany
phone: +49 228 249 341 65
fax: +49 228 249 342 15
The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development is a network of 34 bilateral and multilateral donors, international financing institutions, intergovernmental organisations and development agencies.
Members share a common vision that agriculture and rural development is central to poverty reduction, and a conviction that sustainable and efficient development requires a coordinated global approach.
Following years of relative decline in public investment in the sector, the Platform was created in 2003 to increase and improve the quality of development assistance in agriculture, rural development and food security.
Agriculture, rural development, and food security provide the best opportunity for donors and partner country governments to leverage their efforts in the fight against poverty.
However, the potential of agriculture, rural development and food security to reduce poverty is poorly understood and underestimated.
Cutting-edge knowledge of these issues is often scattered among organisations, leading to competition, duplication of efforts, and delays in the uptake of best practices.
Therefore the Platform promotes the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Accra Agenda for Action for sustainable outcomes on the ground, and the Busan Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
Increasing aid to agriculture and rural development is not enough. Donors must work together to maximise development impact.
The Platform adds value to its members’ efforts by facilitating the exchange of their development know-how, which consolidates into a robust knowledge base for joint advocacy work.
Working with the Platform, members are searching for new ways to improve the impact of aid in agriculture and rural development.
The Platform endorses and works towards the common objectives of its member institutions to support the reduction of poverty in developing countries and enhance sustainable economic growth in rural areas.
Its vision is to be a collective, recognised and influential voice, adding value to and reinforcing the goals of aid effectiveness in the agricultural and rural development strategies and actions of member organisations in support of partner countries.
The Platform is a network of 34 international donors and multi- and bilateral organisations, which work together in solidarity towards their common goal to reduce rural poverty in developing countries through increased cooperation and collaboration.
Each member appoints a focal point to represent their organisation at Platform meetings and keep colleagues in their organisations informed about Platform activities. Focal points actively participate in the formulation of joint policies. Occasionally, they may speak on behalf the Platform at international events.
The Board is the Platform’s main decision-making body and comprises the focal points of all full members. Unless otherwise specified, decisions are taken by two-thirds majority vote. Board meetings are convened at least once a year. To gain one seat on the board, and to serve as task leader for specific activities, members contribute a minimum of €50.000 p.a. to the Platform Trust Fund.
The SC’s main responsibility is to guide and supervise the day-to-day activities of the secretariat. It consists of the Platform Vice-Chair plus five Board members. SC members are designated ad personam by the Board and serve for three-years. Two SC members are replaced every year, and membership rotates among all Board members.
The Platform Chair and Vice-Chair are elected ad personam for a mandate of two years. Neither is permitted to serve more than two consecutive terms. The Platform Chair is also the Board Chair. The Platform Vice-Chair is also Board Vice-Chair and Chair of the Steering Committee.
The secretariat is the service and management unit of the Platform, managed by German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Bonn/Germany. As such it serves, assists and supports member organisations and ensures financial and institutional stability.
The Platform enters partnerships with research institutions, farmers’ organisations, civil society organisations, global and regional networks and global initiatives which share a common interest in agriculture and rural development. Each partner organisation nominates a contact person to serve as the official link to the Platform. Representatives from partner organisations are invited to attend Platform meetings and collaborate in certain Platform activities when appropriate.
Platform member organisations are committed to contributing to the achievement of the MDGs through support for agriculture and rural development. They are united in the belief that agriculture and rural development are uniquely effective in reducing poverty and hunger (MDG 1), the achievement of which underpins all other MDGs. At the same time agriculture, rural development and food security contribute to environmental benefits of global importance (MDG 7) and enhanced partnerships (MDG 8).
During the implementation phase of the Strategic Plan 2012-2014 the Platform will work towards the following two objectives:
Members use the Platform to generate and promote common messages that raise the profile of agriculture and rural development in policy debates, conferences and workshops on international, regional and national levels.
Why? - The potential of agriculture and rural development interventions to reduce poverty is seldom understood.
By providing entry points to information and space in which policymakers and practitioners can share knowledge, Platform members enhance their capacity to effectively support their clients in agriculture and rural development.
Why? - Cutting edge knowledge in agriculture and rural development is often dispersed between agencies, leading to duplication of efforts and delays in the uptake of best-practice.
During the 2012 annual general assembly (AGA), the Platform board identified 9 areas of activities that will be included into the annual work plan 2013: