On country ownership, major aid donors still have a ways to go

Kabul International AgFair. Many contend that the fact that the majority of foreign aid to Kabul has been disbursed on an off-budget basis has helped fuel the corruption and mismanagement that has become endemic to the Afghan aid program. Photo by: USAID Afghanistan

For several years now, country ownership — the principle that aid recipients should be in charge of their own development — has been gaining traction across the donor community.

Most notably, country ownership was one of four basic principles for development cooperation agreed upon by development stakeholders, including major aid donors, at the latest high-level forum on aid effectiveness in Busan in November 2011, building on commitments made in Accra in 2008 and Paris in 2005. In the two and a half years since Busan, country ownership has also emerged as a key element of donor reform efforts in London, Canberra and Washington.

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    Lorenzo Piccio

    Lorenzo is a contributing analyst for Devex. Previously Devex's senior analyst for development finance in Manila, he is currently an MA candidate in international economics and international development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Lorenzo holds a bachelor's degree in government and social studies from Wesleyan University.