The 2030 Agenda principles
The key to transformative implementation
Responsibility for implementing the 2030 Agenda and achieving the SDGs is not merely a matter for the governments of the nation states but is a task that concerns everyone: civil society, the private sector, the academic and research community and governments. The approach based on equal partnerships calls for stronger cooperation between the different actors at local, regional, national and international level and for the use of the Agenda’s goals and principles as a shared strategic vision of all stakeholders for promoting peaceful and sustainable development. Governments continue to be responsible for putting in place the required policy frameworks and ensure that appropriate priorities are set in light of the global ambitions.
This is a particularly challenging task in contexts of fragility and violence because priority might be given to less politically sensitive themes that were not inclusively negotiated. In the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, several fragile pilot countries joined donor countries, multilateral organisations and civil society in the participatory implementation of the New Deal, which also takes account of the 2030 Agenda
New partnerships are intended to help overcome existing static donor-recipient patterns. They unite governments, civil society, the private sector, the UN system and other actors, for example within multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs). SDG 17, Partnerships for the goals, clearly highlights the importance of MSPs. Targets 17.16 and 17.17 also specify the role of MSPs as regards mobilising and sharing knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources. States are called on to work together more effectively with civil-society and private sector actors. The Agenda does not, however, define MSPs any further. The number of actors these include and the degree to which they focus on specific themes and formalise their arrangements may differ widely.
Designing MSPs in the context of violent conflict is a highly sensitive matter, given that polarised societies and the experience of violence and discrimination make it more difficult to bring different actors together. Building trust may be a long, protracted process.
You will find the criteria that apply to GIZ in the relevant methodology product.
Partnerships provide added value for all stakeholders. Cooperation between governmental and non-governmental actors promotes constructive relationships between state and society as well as social inclusion (as demanded in target 16.7). Multi-stakeholder partnerships are not a fundamentally new approach in German DC. Many projects collaborate with a range of different actors, and partnerships are consciously fostered, for example in the form of NGO alliances, partnerships between individual NGOs and ministries, public-private partnerships, specific mechanisms designed to steer compliance with the requirements of commissioning parties and clients, etc. In contexts marked by violence and conflict, or post-war contexts, the fact of bringing together potential partners may be a success in itself, given that the mutual trust that is an essential prerequisite for a successful partnership takes time to grow.
Joint responsibility also means that each partner accepts responsibility for development. This principle also presupposes the provision of development funding by the country’s government and the provision of additional funds by the private sector. Transformation as understood by the 2030 Agenda cannot be realised with government funding alone. The crucial factor for acquiring private funding is for government incentives and regulations to be correctly put in place so that private investments can be redirected towards activities that promote sustainability
The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) provides the framework in this connection and is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda. The UN member states reached an agreement concerning how funds must be mobilised, and which funds are required, to achieve sustainable development. They also addressed the issue of how structural reforms should be designed to promote sustainable development in the fields of trade, financial systems, taxes and state debt.
A number of different governance alliances are in the process of being formed at global level, in some cases with local groups. Some of our partner countries have already joined such alliances. The most important ones at present appear to be the following:
At GIZ, the methods product on multi-stakeholder partnerships offers guidance on initiating and fleshing out cooperation arrangements.
With its Partnerships 2030 platform, BMZ promotes a space in which stakeholders can engage in dialogue in order to develop innovative partnership concepts. The Working Group on Peace and Development (german) discusses the special opportunities and risks related to MSPs in fragile contexts (german).
The Sector and Global Programmes Department (GloBe) has looked into the complexity of MSPs and created a typology (german) that is very useful for appraisals of sector and global programmes.
The (conflict-sensitive) stakeholder analysis (see PCA fact sheet) using the map of actors is particularly suitable for identifying partners who are relevant for a given sector and who pursue shared sustainability goals.
At this point we would also like to mention the product on ‘Promoting political participation and democracy’.
he Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is an international initiative that involves numerous NGOs, companies and countries that are dedicated to achieving financial transparency and accountability in the extractives sector. EITI has become an internationally established transparency standard for disclosing financial flows in this sector. More than fifty countries are now members and it is supported at international level by many donor countries, non-governmental organisations, companies in the extractives industry and institutional investors. The initiative is implemented on the ground by local multi-stakeholder groups with the participation of state, governmental and civil-society representatives. In many countries, EITI implementation kick-starts debates on mineral resources and development that go far beyond financial transparency and transcend individual stakeholder groups. GIZ advises partner countries in preparing for and making successful use of EITI membership. Among other things, projects support stakeholder dialogues and outreach measures, the production of EITI reports to compare the tax payments made in the sector, or to strengthen civil-society groups in performing their oversight function within the EITI process. In addition, GIZ supports the implementation of EITI in Germany (D-EITI) and thereby promotes dialogue and transparency in the German extractives sector.