From November 29 to December 1, 2011, representatives from governments in donor and partner countries, multilateral and civil society organizations, emerging economies, parliamentarians and the private sector gathered in Busan, South Korea for the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4). They came to share their experiences, learn from each other, leverage development cooperation efforts and forge a new and more inclusive partnership for effective development cooperation.
The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, led the Canadian delegation and highlighted Canada's leadership on aid effectiveness, with a focus on aid accountability, value-for-money and real results, as well as the actions Canada has taken in advancing global progress on making aid more effective.
Participants endorsed the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation and committed to four principles for effective development: country ownership, focus on results, inclusive development partnerships, and transparency and accountability to each other. In particular, they committed to:
Participants were also asked to support a number of other documents to facilitate action on the commitments made in Busan. Canada supported the following five:
Some of the key issues for Canada at Busan were: accountability for results, transparency, gender equality and women's empowerment, fragile and conflict-affected states, civil society effectiveness, resilience and new partnerships for effective cooperation.