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Aid Effectiveness 2011

Progress in Implementing the Paris Declaration

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For the most part, the findings are clear: while many donors and partner country governments have made significant progress towards the targets that they set themselves for 2010, few of them have been met. Partner country authorities appear to have gone further in implementing their commitments under the Paris Declaration than donors, though efforts – and progress – also vary significantly across countries and donor organisations.



As the international community takes stock of what has been achieved on the occasion of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea (29 November to 1 December 2011), this report sets out evidence of progress and challenges in making aid more effective. This evidence should help forge a consensus beyond Busan that aid – and its effectiveness –represents only one element of a broader landscape of development finance and joint efforts to make aid more effective can and should inform a broader development effectiveness agenda.    

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Alignment of aid with country priorities and systems

Alignment – one of the five principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness – refers to the provision of aid by donors in ways that respond to partner countries’ development priorities, supporting and using partner countries’ own systems and institutions. The Accra Agenda for Action placed greater emphasis on the systematic use of country systems by donors and the provision of support to partner countries in strengthening these systems. This chapter reviews the progress made and challenges encountered in implementing the Paris and Accra commitments that relate to alignment. Drawing on evidence from the 2011 Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration and other relevant evidence, it documents progress and challenges in the alignment of aid to partner countries’ policies and strategies; the alignment of conditions associated with aid; the extent to which partner countries’ own systems have improved since 2005, and in turn whether donors are implementing their commitments on the use of country systems, as well as efforts towards aid untying.

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