Since the idea of a global forum for rural development became reality two decades ago, the GDPRD has provided a unique space for donor organizations investing in rural development, agriculture and food systems to collaborate on and address emerging issues.
Donor coordination has since become even more challenging in an increasingly complex environment, continuously tested by shifting geopolitics and a new “normal” of global crises. Development assistance has also substantially changed; new emerging economies have challenged traditional approaches, and financial resources for food systems have shrunk.
The 2023 Annual General Assembly will mark the Platform’s anniversary by reflecting on the 20 Years of rural development and aid effectiveness and find out where are we now and where are we going.
There has never been a more urgent need for the donor community to come together to reaffirm its commitments for improved harmonization and country ownership as well as policy coherence at a donor and partner level. Moreover, with increased pressure on financing, ensuring accountability is a top priority. Our commitment to harmonization and aid effectiveness remains essential.
Now is the time to come together and find the way forward for the next 20 years and beyond.