Managing Aid

Practices of DAC Member Countries

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Development co-operation donors are held accountable for the way they manage aid and the development results they achieve. They want to see more partner country ownership, greater use of partner country systems, and work better together. This involves decentralising responsibility, concentrating efforts, managing for results, creating new systems, changing staff profiles, and building capacity in donor and partner countries. This book outlines what individual donors are doing to fulfil their development co-operation ambitions and their part of the international agreements – reached in Paris in 2005 (Paris Declaration) and Accra in 2008 (Accra Agenda for Action) – to make aid more effective.

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Implementing the Aid Effectiveness Agenda

DAC member countries face political, institutional and operational challenges as they implement the aid effectiveness agenda. Implementing the principles of the Paris Declaration often means that donors need to adapt the legislative basis and fundamental orientation of their development co-operation policy and institutions. Moreover, the principles may run counter to political objectives, such as raising visibility in the short term and strengthening political relationships. This means that donor agencies must be relentless in winning and sustaining political support and leadership, and in communicating effectively with key stakeholders, including the public.

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