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Aid Effectiveness

A Progress Report on Implementing the Paris Declaration

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The 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness defines the principles and commitments by which donors and developing countries intend to ensure that aid is as effective as possible in contributing to the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development objectives. This report is a mid-term review of progress towards these commitments, drawing on the 2008 Paris Declaration Monitoring Survey and the Evaluation Synthesis Report among many other sources.

Part I highlights the main actionable lessons and messages emerging from the analysis of progress to date. Part II covers the commitments under the five Partnership Principles related to ownership, alignment, harmonisation, development results and mutual accountability, together with four subjects of critical relevance: sector perspectives, the role of civil society organisations, situations of fragility and conflict, and the changing aid architecture.

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Harmonisation

Rationalising Aid Delivery

This chapter underlines that aid can be more effective when donors adopt common procedures to harmonise aid delivery, including using common approaches, reducing fragmentation and rationalising the division of labour. There is evidence of a modest increase in the use of programme-based approaches, although further effort will be needed. It should be noted here that the goal of the Paris Declaration is not to remove all funding for projects, but rather to use the optimal combination of instruments for each country situation. To share analysis, donors have started working together at reducing the number of separate, duplicative, missions to the field and diagnostic reviews. Difficult though it is, many donors are also increasingly seeking a better division of labour with others and have launched – with partner country consultation – a number of activities to bring it about. 

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