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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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Monitoring and Evaluation

Managers of development assistance need to keep parliaments, government and civil society informed and provide evidence that development programmes are well managed and achieve results. The evidence of the impact of development assistance is vital for decision makers to choose where to direct resources to make the most difference in reducing poverty. Ways of gathering evidence include monitoring and evaluation, results-based management, audits by national authorities and inputs, feedback and reviews from advisory bodies. But donors will need to simplify their monitoring and evaluation procedures so that they can be integrated with other systems, notably systems in partner countries.

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