Aid effectiveness

Flyer: Global Governance for International Development: Who's in Charge?


The governance of global development is splintered into many different arrangements. There is no single way in which countries can agree on how to make their development more effective, and make these decisions stick. Rather, there are several ways, with different strengths and weaknesses, creating overlaps and gaps.


The brief entitled "Global Governance for International Development: Who's in Charge?" looks at this eclectic set of arrangements and recommends measures for improvement.


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The current aid architecture does not adequately reflect global democratic decision-making. Although the system is meant to meet the needs of the poorest countries, it does not build on the will of their citizens. At best, these countries have to hope that international power-brokers have their interests at heart when they decide on development issues. Power imbalances between transmitters and receivers (or donors and recipients) combine with widespread conflicts of interests to make this an awkward and challenging process.


How can this situation be improved?


There is considerable scope for action, or at least more effective networking among the main actors involved, to promote and check priorities against the demands of the poor. Four broad areas sum this up: 

  • Information sharing (a.k.a. transparency, predictability, coherence)
  • Promoting better behaviour (a.k.a. mutual accountability)
  • Learning from results (a.k.a. development effectiveness)
  • Identifying and addressing gaps (a.k.a improved overall allocations)



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