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Background Note






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Criteria for Periodic Evaluation of Global Development Partnerships from a Right to Development Perspective

(as revised by the task force at its fourth session)


Structure/institutional framework

The extent to which a partnership:

  1. Contributes to creating an enabling environment for sustainable development and the realization of all human rights;
  2. Draws on all relevant international human rights instruments, including those relating to the right to development, in elaborating the content of development strategies and tools for monitoring and evaluating their implementation;
  3. Promotes good governance, democracy and the rule of law and effective anticorruption measures at the national and international levels;
  4. Follows a human rights-based approach to development, and integrates the principles of equality, nondiscrimination, participation, transparency, and accountability in its development strategies;
  5. Establishes priorities that are responsive to the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized segments of the population, with positive measures to realize their human rights;
  6. Recognizes mutual and reciprocal responsibilities among the partners, taking into account their respective capacities and resources and the special vulnerability of Least Developed Countries;
  7. Ensures that human rights obligations are respected in all aspects of the relationship between the partners, through harmonization of policies;



The extent to which a partnership:

  1. Ensures that adequate information is freely available to enable effective public scrutiny of its policies, working methods and outcomes;
  2. Promotes gender equality and the rights of women;
  3. Provides for the meaningful consultation and participation of all stakeholders, including affected populations and their representatives, as well as relevant civil society groups and experts, in processes of elaborating, implementing and evaluating development policies, programmes and projects;
  4. Respects the right of each State to determine its own development policies in accordance with international law, and the role of national parliaments to review and approve such policies.
  5. Includes fair institutionalized mechanisms of mutual accountability and review, through which the fulfillment by all partners of their agreed commitments is monitored and publicly reported, responsibility for action is indicated, and effective remedies are provided;
  6. Monitors and evaluates progress in achieving development strategies by carrying out systematic assessments of the human rights impact of its policies and projects based on appropriate indicators and contributes to strengthening the capacity to collect and disseminate timely data, which should be disaggregated sufficiently to monitor the impacts on vulnerable population groups and the poor;



The extent to which a partnership:

  1. Ensures that developing countries, through their own efforts and through international assistance and cooperation, have the human and financial resources to successfully implement development strategies based on these criteria;
  2. Establishes, as needed, safety nets to provide for the needs of vulnerable populations in time of natural, financial or other crisis;
  3. Achieves the constant improvement of the wellbeing of populations and all individuals, on the basis of their active, free, and meaningful participation in development and in the fair distribution of the benefits, in accordance with article 2, paragraph 3, of the Declaration on the Right to Development;
  4. Contributes to development that is sustainable and equitable, with a view to ensuring continually increasing opportunities for all and a fair distribution of resources.