We encourage donors to support developing country institutions that underpin accountability, including the media, parliaments, political parties and civil society organisations. Particular emphasis lies on initiatives that foster free and fair elections - the bedrock of political accountability and democracy.
A 2008 survey highlighted how donors fall short at measuring the impact of governance programmes: an unnecessary proliferation of assessment tools, duplication and weak links with their partner countries' assessment processes - to name a few. To help donors improve and harmonise their assessments, we compiled the Guiding Principles to Donor Approaches to Governance Assessments (pdf).
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Recent research has revealed that taxation not only fosters capable public administration, it also promotes accountability by creating a “bargaining” contract between citizens and government. Our publication Governance, Taxation and Accountability: Issues and Practice (pdf) highlights the social power of taxation and makes recommendations on how donors and partner countries can unlock its potential.
How can donors ensure that their funds to developing countries are not siphoned off for unintended purposes? The DAC-endorsed Principles for Donor Action on Anti-Corruption play a critical role in reducing the risk of corruption. We work on specific, practical measures on both the supply and demand side of corruption. We also assist donors and partner countries in taking a more coherent approach to policies to ensure that these don't facilitate corruption.
Rights violations, poverty, exclusion, vulnerability and conflict are pushing donors to take a more thorough look at human rights as a means to improve the quality of development co-operation. Our Human Rights Task Team helps donors ensure that their strategies and policies support human rights by:
- sharing information and experiences
- promoting collaboration between human rights practitioners and other development experts
- offering policy guidance