Building on the successful experience of donor harmonization and coordination around the three phases of the Promoting Basic Services (PBS) programme, Development Partners agreed to form a Basic Service Delivery Group (BSDG) and refresh the framework and mechanisms for their coordination and strategic engagement with the Government of Ethiopia on the delivery of decentralized basic services and related cross-cutting issues.


Members of the BSDG are the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the European Commission (EC), the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and the World Bank. 

Development partners in the BSDG  traditionally supported the PBS programme and are continuing to provide substantial financial and technical assistance to basic service delivery in Ethiopia albeit with different sectoral focus and funding instruments. In order to seize opportunities for improved service delivery under the framework of Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) and underpinned by the recent reorganization of DPs’ programme of support to basic services, the GoE and the DPs are keen to continue with a harmonized mechanism for dialogue and engagement.

The government, represented by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), and the Basic Service Delivery Group (BSDG) DPs have entered into this Coordination Arrangement to guide their coordinated engagement and dialogue on basic service delivery through a Common Framework (2018/19 –2022/23). The framework helps to promote aid and development effectiveness through harmonized planning, joint review and dialogue with the Government of Ethiopia on decentralized basic services delivery and related cross-cutting issues. Joint review and dialogue is conducted through the Joint Review and Implementation Support (JRIS) Missions, which will be coordinated and supported by the Service Delivery Secretariat (SDS).

Co-Chairs : Victoria Monchuk (World Bank) and Jonathan Atkinson (DFID)

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