At the 2002 European Forum on Rural Development Cooperation, governments agreed that aid could be more effective through enhanced donor coordination, both at global and country levels. In light of this aspiration, the establishment of a “Global Forum for Rural Development” was proposed. The following year, at the World Bank’s Rural Week, a Global Donor Platform for Rural Development was established. Over the next two decades, its members have worked continuously to enhance donor coordination and improve rural development strategies, and the impact of their projects and programmes, with a continued focus on harmonization, ownership, accountability, and an emphasis on results and impact. Policy coherence has also been an increasing concern for the donor community.
This year, upon the 20th anniversary of the Platform, donors will be invited to reflect on how the Aid Effectiveness Agenda has changed the way they work on food systems. Over the last 20 years, there have been major advances and renewed focus on rural development, with momentum provided by the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. Nevertheless, in the face of such important advances, development assistance has also substantially changed; new emerging economies have challenged traditional approaches, and financial resources for food systems
This session will seek to address the following fundamental questions:
This session aims to build the GDPRD’s capacity to strategically influence the international development agenda, through innovative approaches rural development in a food system approach. At the end of the session, participants are expected to: