International NGO Says Donors Want Paris Declaration Scrapped

A stunt by Oxfam shows the G8 world leaders playing poker. Government negotiatiors meeting in France in preparation for the Fourth High Level Aid Effectiveness Forum are considering scrapping the Paris Declaration of Aid Effectiveness. Photo by: Oxfam / CC BY-NC-ND

Government negotiators meeting Nov. 18 in France in preparation for the Fourth High Level Aid Effectiveness Forum in South Korea are considering scrapping an international aid effectiveness deal that donors and recipient countries agreed to in 2005, the international aid and advocacy group Oxfam America claims.

Donors are proposing to scrap the Paris Declaration of Aid Effectiveness in an attempt to “negotiate their way out of their commitments,” Gregory Adams, Oxfam’s aid effectiveness director said in a statement. He warned that such action would “fatally weaken political pressure to make aid more effective, and make it extremely difficult to continue to uphold the Paris principles in practice.”

The Paris Declaration identifies five principles on aid effectiveness: ownership, alignment, harmonization, managing for results and mutual accountability.

Oxfam noted that recipients have largely performed well on keeping their part of the deal — but “donors have not.”

“Donors have made significant progress on only one of their 13 targets: improving coordination among themselves,” Oxfam said.

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