Global Donor Platform for Rural Development
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At the heart of its work and as an overarching priority, the Platform shares knowledge and raises awareness of the need to strengthen aid and development effectiveness in agricultural and rural development and to promote the role of agricultural and rural development in reducing poverty. It seeks to continue making a substantial contribution to the achievement of the MDGs and to ensure that agricultural and rural development, food security and nutrition are adequately addressed in the construction of the post-2015 development agenda. This work is anchored in the commitments by donors and partners to implement the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action, and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, and is linked to important international initiatives to monitor results. These highlight the need for country ownership, more and inclusive partnerships, achieving development results and openly accounting for them.
This commitment by donors to aid and development effectiveness translates to six core principles for action which are anchored in the Platform's 2009 Joint Donor Principles for Agriculture and Rural Development Programmes, reaffirmed and developed further in the Platform's Evidence Paper for the Busan HLF4 .
A focus on development effectiveness demands demonstrable results in agricultural and rural development, poverty reduction and food security. Ownership of agricultural and rural development strategies is under threat because of a lack of attention to achieving demonstrable results. Donors agree it is crucial to continue to monitor and highlight the substantial relationship between agricultural and rural development and poverty reduction as well as between food security, nutrition and inclusive and sustainable growth.
To fulfil their commitments to the Busan development effectiveness agenda, donors are:
The Platform has supported the implementation of pro-poor agricultural and rural development policies at the national, regional and continental levels, such as through the support provided to donors working with the African Union/NEPAD and the Regional Economic Commissions (RECs) to develop and implement the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program (CAADP). CAADP provides a region and country-led mechanism for coordination and alignment at the continental level through donor Joint Action Groups, regional and country levels - through support to RECs and country CAADP compacts.
Development partners are aligning with the CAADP structures, principles and processes jointly established by AU/NEPAD and other CAADP constituencies, and in accordance with the "Joint Donor Principles for Agriculture and Rural Development Programmes". At country level, a government-appointed CAADP country team leads the CAADP process and Agriculture Donor Working Groups (ADWGs) and coordinates country-level donor support, liaising with government, private sector and civil society. Platform support on CAADP, including on governance mechanism, is a good example of the way in which donors have been demonstrating their commitments to aid and development effectiveness principles as well as an example of translating policy commitments into tangible plans and results.