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Acronym: 
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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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Based in the Netherlands and Ghana, Meridia is an end-to-end solution for land and property documentation for individuals and communities in emerging markets, where accurate maps and effective land administration systems do not often exist.

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The project is aimed at developing National land banks in Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines to promote food and nutrition security and support sustainable management of rural lands, in particular idle and underutilized lands. The project also aims to strengthen the capacity of staff of the Land Administration Divisions in each country to manage and operate the Land Banks, thereby promoting good governance of land tenure in the respective countries.

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The project aims to preserve forest ecosystems in the Pacific and thus contribute to climate change mitigation. To this end it is supporting three island states in creating the conditions necessary for par-ticipation in an international financing mechanism for reducing emissions from the forest sector (REDD+). Together with the partners it is developing REDD+ strategies and policies and boosting capabilities in the field of measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) at national level.

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The intention of this project is to support the National Land Commission Secretariat in revising the existing land tax rates for both rural and urban areas and proposing a new land tax system with the aim of increasing and decentralizing revenue generation, reducing land speculation, and providing broader and more equitable access to land.

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Objectives and measures of the project include the efforts to increase resilience to climate change and improve livelihoods of the people of the Pacific Islands through targeted strengthening of capacity in adaptive co-management and restoration of mangroves and associated ecosystems in each of the selected countries.

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Women’s equal access to, use of and control over land and other productive resources are essential to ensuring gender equality and an adequate standard of living. Throughout the world, gender inequality when it comes to land and other productive resources is related to women’s poverty and exclusion. Removing inequalities requires changes in policies and more effective implementation. This project aims to contribute to these changes.

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The project has the general objective of increasing the capacity of ANCPI in the implementation of the EU Directive on the harmonization and sharing of geographic information domestically and internationally and will be implemented in partnership with the Norwegian Mapping Authority and Registers Iceland.

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