AWEPA co-organized the Parliamentary Forum at the High-Level Forum held in Busan in late 2011. Based on the commitments made in the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation,it was agreed that a structure known as the Post-Busan Interim Group (PBIG) would prepare the way for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). AWEPA, in partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), engaged closely in the the Post-Busan Interim Group (PBIG) process, and participated in the subsequent Global Partnership Steering Committee meetings.
This activity area was designed to enable parliaments from the SADC region, and Africa more broadly, to play a more catalytic role in implementing the Busan agenda and bring to the attentionof the OECD and other stakeholders the concerns of SADC parliaments, African regional parliamentary bodies and the Pan-African Parliament, regarding their ownership and accountability roles in aid effectiveness and development cooperation.
Over the course of this timeframe, AWEPA and IPU have paved the way for meaningful parliamentary engagement in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation structures going forward, and raised the awareness of other stakeholder groups of the significance of parliaments in relation to aid and development effectiveness.