Since the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness was signed in 2005, donors, recipients, advocates and others have been working to improve aid so it delivers better poverty-fighting results. Last year, in Busan, these groups met to form the ”Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation,” which sets the international standard on the principles of effective aid and good development to which all development actors should subscribe.
“Busan in a Nutshell” documents the Global Partnership and the commitments made at Busan, while recommending how to ensure aid effectiveness commitments are implemented. These principles include:
Country leadership and ownership of development strategies.
A focus on results that matter to the poor in developing countries.
Inclusive partnerships among development actors based on mutual trust, and transparency and accountability to one another.
All development stakeholders – including traditional donors and emerging providers – must respect and uphold these key principles by fulfilling the promises they made at Busan, Oxfam argues. For this to happen, the Global Partnership will need to rely on strong vision, high-level political engagement and a robust but flexible global accountability mechanism.
Let’s keep the conversation about the principles established in Busan going. Oxfam wants to hear from you through your participation by:
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