Donors putting brakes on aid effectiveness?
Representatives from developing country governments, donors and CSOs converged in Paris to discuss the recently released Accra Agenda for Action (AAA). The outcome has been concern among CSOs about the very weak commitments being proposed by donors while recipient countries would like to see commitments translated into action. The general claim was that the current draft of he AAA needs to be substantially strengthened if it is going to attract the high level Ministerial attendance that the aid reform process demands.
Concerns about the current draft of the AAA in were mainly related with the principle of democratic ownership, which must be included as a fundamental element of aid effectiveness and the lack of an explicit commitment to greater transparency. Additionally, they stressed three specific issues that need to be emphasised in the AAA: Conditionality; technical assistance; and tied aid.
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