—Syed Mohammad Ali
Engaging in a debate about the role of NGOs should not be confined to questioning their credibility, but also their ability to deliver services efficiently and in a sustained manner
A landmark Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness was put forth in 2005 which acknowledged that international development aid needs to respect the priorities of recipient countries and that donor organisations must begin to coordinate their activities with one another. In development terms, this understanding implied the need for donor alignment to improve the harmonisation of aid.
Three years have passed since this declaration was signed, yet the overall ineffectiveness of development assistance continues to evoke much criticism. International non-governmental organisations perhaps remain the harshest critics of aid effectiveness. But what about the effectiveness of these NGOs in utilising aid for development purposes themselves? Continue reading
Washington , D.C., August 29, 2008— As food shortages and fuel price shocks have swelled the ranks of the poor by 100 million – 30 million in Africa alone, the international community is meeting in Accra to find a way to unlock the full potential of development assistance.
The Accra High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, taking place September 2-4 in Ghana, will assess the progress made since the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness was adopted in 2005. The Paris Declaration redefined the development process as a partnership in which countries take the lead in their own development, and donors support the process through capacity development, improved coordination at the country level, and more predictable aid flows.
The five key principles of aid effectiveness articulated in the Paris Declaration – ownership, alignment, harmonization, managing for results, and mutual accountability – captured the essence of both donor and partner country frustrations with the way aid was being managed. Countries wanted more say in how aid is used, while donors, mindful of the expectations of their citizens and shareholders, wanted countries to develop results-based, monitorable systems for managing aid flows, and to address issues of corruption. Continue reading
Editorial from the Rising Nepal
“……there is mounting literature suggesting that aid is determined by donors’ self-interests, and, hence, it is inherently inefficient and ineffective to the recipients while efficient and effective to the donors. According to researchers, an academic review of the evidence of aid’s impact uncompromisingly maintains that aid had neither increased the welfare nor enhanced growth in the poor economies, and thus it should be reduced rather than increased.
Indeed, while the recipient countries demand more aid based on their developmental concerns, the donors supply it, in most of the cases, based on their deliberately articulated political processes and self-serving interests, expressed through numerous conditional ties. In the face of growing poverty and inequality in the developing world, it is hard to believe that aid has become really effective and efficient.
However, it must be acknowledged that bad governance in the recipient countries is also responsible as one of the most crucial causes of aid failure. Therefore, for aid to become efficient and effective, donors need to become more altruistic while recipients must ensure good governance in practice.”
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“Despite ambitious international aid goals, there is a lack of shared understanding of key underlying issues that shape the EC aid effectiveness debate. …”
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