One of the main objectives of the g7+ is to shape policy on and advocate for reforms to the way development partners engage in countries affected by conflict and fragility. The group has been working together with development partners, the private sector, and civil society to establish a new paradigm for international engagement. This work is informed by a better understanding by g7+ countries of their own conditions and necessary steps for a successful transition, facilitated by peer sharing and lesson-learning from their successes and failures. The aim is to develop adaptive and innovative policies and aid modalities to overcome unique and rapidly shifting challenges, in order to guide international actors for result-based outcomes towards the common goal of ‘building peaceful societies and capable institutions’. The g7+ has been a focal point for discussions on development policies concerning engagement in countries affected by conflict and fragility. These fora include multilateral organisations such as the UN, the WB Group, the IMF, and other groups such as the International Network on Conflict and Fragility INCAF, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and others.
Most recently, the g7+ has joined forces with other organisations in ensuring that Sustainable Development Goal 16 – “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions” – is included in the final list of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be agreed in 2015 to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (read more here). The group has also been actively engaging with international financial institutions, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as with the United Nations and its agencies. In March 2014, the g7+ and the International Labour Organisation signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Job Creation, aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two organisations in line with the principles of the New Deal. The joint work focuses on exploring ways to provide more effective technical assistance to the member countries in the area of labour and employment.