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Aid (and development) effectiveness
(Busan, Accra and Paris)

Aid effectiveness relates to measures that improve the quality of the aid relationship, primarily focusing on the terms and conditions of the resource transfer itself.  The Paris Declaration defined five principles that should guide official donors and developing country governments to improve the effectiveness of this resource transfer.

Development effectiveness promotes sustainable change, within a democratic framework, that addresses the causes as well as the symptoms of poverty, inequality and marginalization, through the diversity and complementarity of instruments, policies and actors.  Development effectiveness in relation to aid is understood as policies and practices by development actors that deepen the impact of aid and development cooperation on the capacities of poor and marginalized people to realize their rights and achieve the Internationally Agreed Development Goals (IADGs).  Conditions for realizing development effectiveness goals must include measureable commitments to improve the effectiveness of aid

For more information on CSO perspectives on aid and development effectiveness, please visit BetterAid Platform. CCIC is a member of the BetterAid Coordinating Committee.



Recent news, analysis and commentary

This was a wake-up call, not a walk-out, to the Global Partnership
CCIC blog
June 29, 2012

CSOs on the Road from Accra to Busan (Part I and Part II)
CCIC blogs
June 27-28, 2012

CSOs on the Road from Accra to Busan
BetterAid and Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness
June 2012 (PDF 2.02MB)
A documentation of the CSO experience and lessons learned in the lead up to the November 2011 Busan Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.


CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE)

CPDE Working Group on Enabling Environment

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness is an open platform that unites CSOs from around the world on the issue of development effectiveness. Through it, civil society can help shape and inform the changing architecture of aid and development effectiveness. The platform promotes a vision of development effectiveness where respect for human rights, participatory democracy, social and environmental justice and sustainability, gender equality, decent work, sustainable change, and peace and security are achieved.

Submission of Evidence and Case Studies For the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation. Indicator of Progress on CSO Enabling Environment since Busan, November 2013:

Synthesis of CSO Evidence for Indicator Two on Enabling Environment (PDF, 717KB)

CPDE Summary Country Evidence on Enabling Environment (PDF, 538KB)

Case Studies:










The Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (BpD)

The Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, which was agreed in December 2011, came out of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. It consolidates existing commitments under Paris and Accra (see below) as well as a range of new commitments for all development actors. HLF-4 included participants from donor and recipient governments, including emerging economies, the private sector, civil society, parliamentarians and local government. It is accompanied by a set of indicators and a monitoring framework, and established the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, the successor to the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness.

An Assessment of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: From a civil society perspective
March 2012 (PDF 94KB)
An assessment of the final outcome document from Busan relative to BetterAid’s key messages and proposals.

From Accra to Busan: The road we’ve travelled
AidWatch Canada, Speech by Brian Tomlinson to the Global Civil Society Forum, Busan, South Korea
November 2011 (PDF 313KB)

CCIC and guest bloggers describe the leadup and experience of High Level Forum
17 November to 3 December, 2012
Series of ten blogs written just ahead of and live from the High Level Forum in Busan, CCIC, AidWatch Canada, EURODAD, The North-South Institute and Oxfam Canada

Canadian government and CSO positions and activities ahead of the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4)
CCIC Briefing Note
November 2011 (PDF 623 KB)

CSOs on the Road to Busan: Key messages and proposals
BetterAid and Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness
April 2011 (PDF 197KB)

BetterAid’s policy platform ahead of the 2011 Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness
January 2010 (PDF 147KB)

Making development cooperation architecture just: Governance principles and pillars
November 2010; revised March 2011 (PDF 281KB)
Calls for a radical change in the international development cooperation and global governance system, based on a new approach focused on development effectiveness rather than aid effectiveness.

Development effectiveness in development cooperation: a rights-based perspective
October 2010 (PDF 282KB)
Lays out BetterAid’s perspectives on development effectiveness and the need for a new development model.

Policy Paper on South-South Development Cooperation
March 2010 (PDF 141KB)


The Paris Declaration, Accra Agenda for Action and Aid Effectiveness

The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (PD), which was agreed to in March 2005 at the second High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-2), establishes global commitments for more effective, scaled up aid to be met by 2010 by countries with development partners. The PD outlines five principles which should shape aid delivery: ownership, alignment, harmonization, managing for results and mutual accountability. Signatories include 35 donor countries and agencies, 26 multilateral agencies and 56 countries that receive aid. The PD specifies indicators, timetables and targets for actions by governments and has an evolving agenda for implementation and monitoring of progress.

The Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) is the policy outcome document of HLF-3 and a mid-point review of the PD. The AAA was endorsed in Accra, Ghana, in September 2008 by ministers of developing and donor countries responsible for promoting development and heads of multilateral and bilateral development institutions. More than 80 CSOs were full participants in HLF-3, but are not signatories to the AAA.

Democratic ownership and development effectiveness: Civil society perspectives on progress since Paris
Reality of Aid
October 2011 (PDF 1MB)

Aid and development effectiveness: Towards Human Rights, Social Justice and Democracy
Reality of Aid
2010 (PDF 2.43MB)

An assessment of the AAA from a civil society perspective
November 2009 (PDF 195KB)
This paper looks at how the 16 recommendations set forth by the Better Aid Platform in advance of the Third High  Level Forum in Accra have been integrated into the AAA

Strengthening Civil Society's Roles and Voice: Reflections on CSO Engagement with the Accra Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness
Jacqueline Wood and Henri Valot, CCIC, CIVICUS and IBON Foundation
October 2009 (PDF 1 Mb)
A documentation of the CSO experience in organizing the September 2008 Accra High Level Forum and its impact on global CSOs.


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