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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Ownership of development policies and strategies

The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness placed partner countries’ ownership of policies and programmes at the centre of an international reform agenda to make aid more effective. The subsequent Accra Agenda for Action reflected a broadening and deepening of international commitments in this area, considering in greater detail the role of a range of development actors going beyond the state. Has partner country leadership over development policies and strategies improved since 2005? To what extent has the quality of national development strategies improved, and are local governments, parliaments and civil society organisations more involved in policy processes in developing countries? Are efforts being made to promote demand-driven capacity development, and are issues of gender equality better addressed through development policies and strategies? This chapter draws on a range of evidence, including the results of the 2011 Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration, to answer these important questions.

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