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The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development is a network of 38 bilateral and multilateral donors, international financing institutions, intergovernmental organisations and development agencies.

Members share a common vision that agriculture and rural development is central to poverty reduction, and a conviction that sustainable and efficient development requires a coordinated global approach.

Following years of relative decline in public investment in the sector, the Platform was created in 2003 to increase and improve the quality of development assistance in agriculture, rural development and food security.

//  Agriculture is the key to poverty reduction

Agriculture, rural development, and food security provide the best opportunity for donors and partner country governments to leverage their efforts in the fight against poverty.

However, the potential of agriculture, rural development and food security to reduce poverty is poorly understood and underestimated.

Cutting-edge knowledge of these issues is often scattered among organisations, leading to competition, duplication of efforts, and delays in the uptake of best practices.

//  Addressing aid effectiveness

Therefore the Platform promotes the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Accra Agenda for Action for sustainable outcomes on the ground, and the Busan Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

Increasing aid to agriculture and rural development is not enough. Donors must work together to maximise development impact.

//  Adding value

The Platform adds value to its members’ efforts by facilitating the exchange of their development know-how, which consolidates into a robust knowledge base for joint advocacy work.

Working with the Platform, members are searching for new ways to improve the impact of aid in agriculture and rural development.

  • An increased share of official development assistance going towards rural development
  • Measurable progress in the implementation of aid effectiveness principles
  • Greater use of programme-based and sector-wide approaches
  • More sustainable support to ARD by member agencies

//  Vision

The Platform endorses and works towards the common objectives of its member institutions to support the reduction of poverty in developing countries and enhance sustainable economic growth in rural areas.

Its vision is to be a collective, recognised and influential voice, adding value to and reinforcing the goals of aid effectiveness in the agricultural and rural development strategies and actions of member organisations in support of partner countries.

//  Evaluation

Between August and October 2014, the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development underwent an Evaluation. The evaluators interviewed across board focal points (FPs) of member organisations, partner institutions, staff of the secretariat and key agricultural and rural development experts from different organisations involved in the Platform initiatives. KIT reviewed Platform documentation of the past 10 years, online resources and services to complete the assessment.

According to the report, the change in overall global development objectives of the Post-2015 agenda and its sustainable development goals (SDG) will only reiterate the relevance of the Platform’s work in coordinating donor activities. Agriculture and rural development are incorporated in many of the SDGs. The targeted development of appropriate policies and innovative strategies will depend on increased, cross-sectoral cooperation which the Platform stands for. The achievement of the Platform’s objectives of advocacy, knowledge sharing and network facilitation functions remains to be a crucial contribution to agriculture and rural development.

Global Donor Platform for Rural Development Resources

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The programme aims to ensure food security and income for 17,000 rural poor households in 225 villages among nine districts in the Sayabouly and Oudomxay. Specifically by strengthening farmer's organisations to be able to promote the community-based natural resource management and through the adoption of the proposed technologies and improved access to water.

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The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting supports a large network of independent journalists who cover under-reported global issues, such as property rights, and disseminates their stories across top-tier news media partners. The Center aims to raise awareness and to increase public dialogue on the current barriers to property rights around the world.Through written content, video, data visualization, and photography, the Center promotes high-quality international reporting and innovative platforms for the public to engage on key issues.

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Overseas Development Institute is an independent think tank focused on international development and humanitarian issues. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is an independent think tank focused on international development and humanitarian issues. ODI has partnered with Land Alliance to scale up PRIndex, the first global index that measures perceptions of property rights among communities. The aim of this index is to provide a global and national-level baseline of perceptions of property rights, that is comparable, cost-effective, and widely accessible.

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New America is a policy and research think tank devoted to generating bold ideas into templates for change. New America develops, tests, and scales innovations that provide solutions to public problems. The innovations are then generated to national and global network of public, private, and civic partners.

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The programme aims to build up traditional rain-fed agriculture and improve economic conditions of 61,500 households in the three Kordofan states. The programme focuses on the importance of appropriate natural resource management and the access of poor households to productive services and fair terms of trade.

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