G20 Releases Development Outlook Document

Photo By: Jeanne Paradis, InterAction

The G20 today released the 2013 Saint Petersburg Development Outlook report. This document further refines the group’s development goals and details several new commitments to action.  

Since the establishment of the Development Working Group (DWG) in 2010, G20 nations have collaborated to address major development challenges across a wide spectrum of issues. As the DWG evaluates its progress implementing the Seoul Multi-Year Action Plan, its members look to better focus their future efforts around a group of core priorities where they believe the G20 can best “add value and promote national ownership.”

In concentrating on those priorities, the DWG has committed to new actions in the areas of food security, financial inclusion and remittances, infrastructure, human resource development, and domestic resource mobilization. Many of these commitments are specifically focused on low-income countries. They are largely technical in nature and often consist of assessing and reviewing options for future action.

Citing the 2012 Los Cabos Declaration as impetus, the DWG also committed to publish an accountability report every three years; taking into account last week’s release of the Saint Petersburg Accountability Report on G20 Development Commitments, observers should expect the next report in 2016.

In addition to the new commitments, the Development Outlook document also reaffirms the value of the DWG’s relationships with various external actors. The authors stress the importance of working with low-income countries, international organizations, civil society, and others to promote their mutual goals.

The document’s release comes as part of the G20 summit, which convenes September 5-6 in St. Petersburg, Russia. For more information on this year’s summit, visit InterAction’s G8/G20 webpage, where we will be tracking developments and analyzing outcomes. See below for an interview with InterAction's John Ruthrauff on the role civil society plays at the G20.