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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 goal of the Program for Land Use and Economic Development of Niayes (PADEN) is to help to increase production and marketing of onions, garlic, potatoes, beans, tomatoes, cabbages, limes, watermelons, mangoes, papayas, and strawberries in the Niayes region. The purpose of the project is to increase the incomes of 9,000 producers (women and men), to make them true entrepreneurs, and to protect the region’s natural resources. At least half of these producers are women.

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Support to the implementation of the land policy through technical assistance to the review and test of the methodology of massive regularization; support to the evaluation of the farmers communal areas (zonas de reservas campesinas) and the establishment of a system to follow up on the regularization process.

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The “Capacity Building for Improvement of Land Administration and Procedures in Bosnia and Herzegovina” – CILAP project, is a long term project aimed to build capacity and transfer knowledge with the overall objective to increase the effectiveness and reliability of land administration processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From the beginning CILAP project is planned, described and approved for six (6) years period with the goal to support geodetic authorities in BH during the whole implementation period of Real Estate Registration Project (RERP), funded by World Bank loan.

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The project comprises workshops and activities to increase the awareness of Chinese, Indian and South-African investors involved in extraterritorial (i.e. overseas or outbound) investments. The scope of the study draws upon wider international experience of several BRICS countries.

In China, the original target country for this activity, it has proven to be particularly difficult to identify and contact suitable institutions. Efforts to find an appropriate institution will continue, with the help of colleagues in the Trade and Markets Division.


Summary: This project under the overall umbrella of the VGGT will serve to develop the capacity of stakeholders to implement improvements to tenure arrangements and thereby promote food security and sustainable development. The project is implemented in 19 countries, namely Malawi, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Mali, Uganda, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire; Myanmar, Nepal, Mongolia, Philippines, Indonesia; Kyrgyzstan; Guatemala, Colombia.

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