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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The Legal and Political Foundations for Development Co-operation

What gives donors the political and legal legitimacy to develop aid policies and deliver aid in line with international best practices? How do donors secure this legitimacy and operational authority? The three essential ingredients are: i) an appropriate legal and/or policy basis; ii) political support for translating commitments into action; and iii) public support for development. DAC members establish the legal and political foundations for development co-operation in many ways: through legislation, high-level policy statements and strategies, political champions such as cabinet ministers with responsibilities for development cooperation, active engagement of parliamentarians in development co-operation, and effective communication and education strategies to win public support. Newer donors need to verify that they address these fundamental issues of legitimacy as they shape their approaches to development co-operation.

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