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The Accra HLF: good news for aid effectiveness, or a victory for mediocrity?

By Bill Morton

This short article reports on the International Women's Forum, CSO Parallel Forum, and the HLF. It argues that the latter resulted in some good news: the Accra Agenda for Action recognises once and for all that aid effectiveness is not just a matter for governments, and it makes a strong statement on the importance of South-South cooperation. Overall, however, the AAA is a victory for the lowest common denominator, rather than for real change. It demonstrates little improvement on issues that are of great concern to developing country governments and their citizens, including tied aid, technical cooperation, and conditionality.

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