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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Managing Multilateral ODA

Multilateral institutions are an important channel for DAC member countries’ ODA. In the eyes of many countries and, in particular, the smaller donors, multilateral organisations offer the advantage of being able to mobilise significant volumes of resources and to broaden development objectives. They also help co-ordinate donor responses to global development issues. However, to improve the coherence of the overall aid system, strategic and operational links between the bilateral and multilateral sectors need to be strengthened. Global funds are distinct from multilateral institutions but, nevertheless, offer another way for DAC member countries to address development challenges at a regional or global level. While global funds have some strengths, aid managers need to consider their accountability, the extent to which they duplicate existing structures and the extent to which they take a partnership approach.

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