The g7+ has made striking headway since its inception in 2010 and since the last g7+ Ministerial Retreat, held in Juba, South Sudan in October 2011. Most notably, this includes achieving agreement to a New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, held in Busan, South Korea in November 2011. This achievement was a key objective for the g7+ in 2011 and a primary focus at the Juba Ministerial Retreat. Due to successful negotiations, the g7+ is now globally recognized and the overarching forum representing fragile and conflict-affected States.
“The g7+ group will continue as the country-owned and country-led global mechanism to monitor, report and draw attention to the unique challenges faced by fragile states.”
Between 2011 and 2012, the g7+ Secretariat, located in Timor-Leste, along with member country representatives, have lobbied, advocated and campaigned for systematic change in the way aid is allocated, delivered and managed with solid success in progress. The increasingly active membership of the g7+ has meant that we have strengthened peer learning between fragile states. This has been facilitated by more meetings, video-conferences, phone calls and the publication of peer learning notes. Through this sharing of information, we are becoming increasingly aware of each other’s challenges and successes. The impact of the g7+ is also being felt within our countries as awareness of our group and the New Deal spreads beyond just the aid coordination units of Ministries of Finance. Increasingly, our colleagues in natural resource ministries, foreign ministries and embassies globally are learning about and utilizing the language of the New Deal to push for more contextually relevant approaches to fragile states. The g7+ Annual Report outlines progress in three dimensions as decided in Juba in 2011; Communications, Policy and Governance.