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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Implications of the Changing Aid Architecture

This chapter reviews how providers of development assistance beyond the DAC are increasingly recognised for bringing innovative partnerships including south-south and triangular co-operation and experiences that could enrich the global reflection on how to improve the effectiveness of development co-operation. It also highlights how global programmes and funds can effectively complement multilateral and bilateral country programmes to achieve specific development objectives, and efforts are currently under way to better integrate their assistance at the country level. However, as new global challenges emerge, partners and donors should think carefully before creating separate channels; priority should be given to channelling these new funds through existing mechanisms rather than creating new ones that would risk increasing fragmentation at the country level. A balance should also be maintained between funding for targeted mechanisms, and for those with a broader remit to build the capacity of systems as a whole.

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