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This series of books examines strategies for making aid more effective.
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Improving Incentives in Donor Agencies (First Edition)

Improving Incentives in Donor Agencies (First Edition)

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06 Aug 2009
9789264059788 (PDF) ;9789264056787(print)

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Under the Paris Declaration, donors and partner countries commit to “reform procedures and strengthen incentives - including for recruitment, appraisal and training - for management and staff to work towards harmonisation, alignment and results”. This commitment was based on the recognition that the needed changes to behaviour will not happen automatically as there are a number of up-front and long-term costs - institutional, financial and political. The importance of appropriate incentives in influencing managers and officials - and even more importantly political leaders - to bring about the necessary changes has been emphasised in a number of partner countries included in the Evaluation of the Paris Declaration.

If incentives are to shift across the board, determined leadership, reinforced by pressure from well-informed stakeholders in partner and donor countries, will be needed. This publication adddresses this need and aims to provide donor agencies with guidance on how to improve aid effectiveness, and to assist them in identifying their strengths, weaknesses and gaps in incentives for promoting aid effectiveness.

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  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
    The Report on Incentives for Aid Effectiveness in Donor Agencies was prepared by the Joint Venture on Managing for Development Results, chaired by Joan Boer (Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the OECD) and Bruce Purdue (Asian Development Bank), under the auspices of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Working Party on Aid Effectiveness, an international partnership hosted by the DAC.
  • Good Practice on Incentivesfor Aid Effectiveness
    This section identifies good practice guidance for donor agencies to improve aid effectiveness, intended for different types of donor agencies, both multilateral and bilateral, and structured around the basic principles of change management: leadership and management (including commitment, communication and organisational culture); staffing (including recruitment and posting, training and development, and reward and recognition); policies and procedures; and budgeting and reporting (including performance monitoring and evaluation, and linking the budget to results).
  • A Self Assessment Toolfor Donor Agencies
    This section provides a self-assessment tool for donor agencies. This tool is designed to assist them in identifying their institution’s strengths, weaknesses and gaps on incentives for promoting aid effectiveness. The assessment will help them to address any organisational and incentive-related changes that are required for better aid effectiveness, thus helping them to meet their commitments articulated in the Paris Declaration.
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