Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness

Findings, Recommendations and Good Practice

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In the Accra Agenda for Action (2008), donors and developing country governments commit to deepening their engagement with civil society organisations (CSOs). Better aid requires a broader understanding of the aid effectiveness agenda and a place for CSOs as development actors in their own right and as aid donors, recipients and partners. This book is a resource for implementing the recommendations on civil society and aid effectiveness emerging from the Accra High Level Forum and its preparatory process. These recommendations address a broad community, including developing country governments, donors, and CSOs from developing and developed countries.

English Also available in: French

Illustrations on Civil Society and the Paris Declaration

This chapter looks at examples of aid effectiveness practices involving CSOs, including the following:

1. how CSOs contribute to more democratic ownership in government-led programmes, and apply the ownership principle in their own programmes;

2. alignment with priorities of CSOs and their constituents;

3. harmonisation efforts in which CSOs and governments play complementary roles;

4. CSO approaches to results management that promote iterative learning and accommodate indicators of social and institutional change; and

5. CSO initiatives to promote social accountability or their own accountability.

English Also available in: French

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