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.

Core principles for action
in agricultural and rural development

  • Support government leadership and ownership in agricultural and rural development based on inclusive processes with effective participation of key agricultural stakeholders and farmers
  • Alignment to partner countries’ national development strategies, institutions and procedures
  • Support strengthening of internal coherence of policies, and consensus building of government with civil society and the private sector
  • Harmonisation of donors’ and IFI actions
  • Management for development results
  • Mutual accountability between donors and partners
  • Open and inclusive development partnerships with developing countries

//  Donor perspectives

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:

Main recommendations at Busan

  • Include new actors on the basis of shared principles and differential commitments with for example the emergence of South-South development cooperation
  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of development cooperation
  • Promote sustainable development in situations of conflict and fragility
  • Partner to strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability in the face of adversity
  • Recognise the central role of the private sector
  • Adequately deal with substantial increases in climate change finance

Source: Drawn from the Busan Outcome Document

  • Continuing to support country ownership, use of country systems, alignment and harmonisation
  • Increasing emphasis on multi-stakeholder approaches, inclusive partnerships, the role of non-state actors, transparency, and accountability
  • Implementing results-oriented approaches to rural development programming and management
  • Focusing activities on their respective areas of comparative advantage — whether regional or thematic priorities
  • Sharing experiences in strengthening the reporting of results in projects, programmes and policy dialogue in specific countries and how these contribute to country level outcomes and policies
  • Reporting agricultural and rural development results to their Parliaments more often, thus strengthening accountability for development effectiveness to citizens, and using “Management for Development Results (MfDR)” approaches to review and improve development programmes

//  Support to CAADP

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.

On Common Ground: A Joint Donor Concept on Rural Development – 2013 version

On common ground__ Donor perspectives on agriculture, rural development, food security and nutrition

Combined revision of the 2006 joint donor concept on rural development and the 2009 joint donor principles for ARD programmes.

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.

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