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Harmonizing EU development assistance: implications of gender equality

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Harmonizing EU development assistance: implications of gender equality

In this publication, the author describes the global approaches to donor harmonisation as agreed in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action. According to the declaration, Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors – including the EC and EU Member State DAC donors – committed themselves to enhance their aid effectiveness. They agreed on five principles to guide their actions, one of which was the principle of ‘harmonisation’. DAC donors agreed to ’harmonise’ their development assistance efforts. The stated aim, essentially, was to make aid collectively more effective by making it more efficient. Aid was considered to be ‘fragmented’, with duplicating efforts at country and sectoral level creating high ‘transaction costs’ – for donors, but also for partner countries. In other words: donors agreed to divide up the work. They would change who did what so that there would no longer be ‘darling’ and ‘orphan’ countries – some countries getting most of the aid, others little. They would spread their contributions within countries, with some donors moving out of ‘overpopulated’ sectors into other sectors that were prioritised by partner countries but had received little support.

Source:  Wide Network