Donor Governments Urged to Adopt New 'Development Effectiveness' Vision

Ahead of a high-level aid effectiveness forum in 2011, donor countries should commit to follow through on their aid promises and provide these as untied grants that recipient governments can use to pursue their national priorities, a network of non-governmental organizations suggests.

These steps form part of the new vision for development effectiveness that Reality of Aid, a North-South initiative that focuses on analyzing and lobbying for poverty reduction policies, outlines in its latest report, which takes stock of how donors have fared over the past years in terms of fulfilling the commitments they made under the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and Accra Agenda for Action.  

The report says donor governments are failing on several of the commitments made under these two aid effectiveness agreements.

It encourages donors to restructure the international aid architecture using a new and more comprehensive vision that puts premium not only on aid effectiveness but on “development effectiveness.”

“Development effectiveness is centered on shifting power and enabling rights. Rather than aid being provided as a charitable contribution to the well-being of others, it should be a formal commitment to empower poor and vulnerable communities to claim their rights,” states the report, which notes that the current aid architecture and thinking needs thorough transformation to achieve this.

The report urges donor governments to take the following steps before the fourth high-level forum on aid effectiveness to be held November 2011 in Busan, South Korea.

- Provide sufficient volumes of aid as grants.- Ensure transparency in aid decision-making and aid information.- Support democratic ownership by recipient governments and end beneficiaries.- Introduce binding measures that will ensure that the aid they provide respects international human rights agreements.- Untie aid and boost policy coherence for development measures. - Address the proliferation of aid agencies. - Measure the impact of aid on social justice and social inclusion.

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