Recognising that development aid could - and should - be producing better impacts, at the Second High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in 2005 leading development practitioners came together to adopt the Paris Declaration.
Drawing from first-hand experience on what works and does not work with aid, the Paris Declaration is formulated around the 5 central pillars Ownership, Alignment, Harmonisation, Managing for Results and Mutual Accountability.
In 2008 at the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness an even greater number and wider diversity of stakeholders endorsed the Accra Agenda for Action which both reaffirmed commitment to the Paris Declaration and called for greater partnership between different parties working on aid and development.
In 2011 in Busan, development practitioners will meet again. The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness presents the opportunity to take stock of how far aid quality and delivery has changed since the Paris Declaration and form a consensus on how to improve the quality of aid going into the future.
Monitoring the Paris Declaration
The Paris Declaration establishes targets that countries committed to achieve by 2010. The Paris Declaration Monitoring Survey is the tool through which countries are assessed on the commitments they made to each other to improve aid effectiveness by 2010.
Assessing progress towards effective aid
The Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action
Countries, Territories and Organisations Adhering to the Paris Declaration and AAA