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The Paris Declaration1 adopted at the beginning of March 2005 by 91 nations and 26 multilateral organizations has become synonymous with the reform process of government development assistance. An important milestone of this process is the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness planned for September 2–4, 2008 in Accra, Ghana. The debate on the Paris Declaration increased after the first High Level Forum in 2003 in Rome.
The Development Assistance Committee of the OECD, within which donor countries are organized, recognized that the degree of aid effectiveness must urgently be increased. A reform process planned for the medium term should develop solutions. Accordingly, after the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Accra, a follow-up conference will take place in 2011 in Peking, China. Civil society actors have the task of addressing this ongoing reform process for development cooperation. The Church Development Service, an Association of the Protestant Churches in Germany (Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst, EED) can contribute its experiences in development cooperation and policy advocacy.
It is doing so by contributing this working paper to the debate. This paper was developed together with the SÜDWIND Institute. The ideas, opinions and recommendations expressed in this working paper are reflective of 23 responses by EED-partners from countries in Africa on the effectiveness of aid. The perceptions of African representatives of civil society networks from Zimbabwe, Uganda and Cameroon are also expressed along with the development policy experiences of EED. Further points of reference are the positions as elaborated in the dialogue of the International Steering Group (ISG), an independent global civil society network attending the Accra process.
(Dr. Pedro Morazán, 33 Seiten)