The current situation presents a major challenge to the work of development co-operation, with short-term consequences such as travel bans and restricted physical interaction, which might extend into consequences that are yet difficult to predict. The rapidly unfolding economic crisis further underscores the need for the most effective use of all resources available to counter the expected increase of poverty levels and growing economic and social inequalities.
In this light, effective aid and development co-operation matter more than ever. Efforts to provide support need not only be increased, they must also become more targeted and coordinated to reach those most in need. To create resilient societies and deliver long-lasting results contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our actions must be guided by the principles of effective development co-operation:
– To engage in effective responses, Country Ownership matters. All actors must build on developing countries’ systems and priorities. Already vulnerable health and public systems must be supported and strengthened. Aligning with countries’ priorities is essential to rally support where it is needed most. We also must create enabling conditions to maximize the contributions of all actors during this pandemic.
– Inclusive Partnerships are crucial. It is now more important than ever to include local governments, civil society, and the private sector in the responses. Their voices must be heard and their actions enabled to reach out to all people, particularly to vulnerable groups.
– Let us maintain a Focus on Results. As financial resources are very limited, the responses must be guided by results, in order to have a greater impact and reach the people most in need.
– Transparency and Accountability are at the core of working together effectively. The fast changing nature of the crisis requires an uninterrupted exchange of knowledge and lessons learnt to adapt responses rapidly and ensure public support and co-operation.