The Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) reaffirms the objective of strengthening partner countries’ ownership of their development strategies and strengthening the ties making governments accountable to their domestic constituents. It also broadens the concept beyond the executive to include engagement with parliament, political parties, local authorities, the media, academia, social partners and broader civil society.
Strengthening broad based ownership requires measures to develop the capacity of all stakeholders, combined with effective access to knowledge and information. Democratic ownership and accountability are two sides of one coin: one is a precondition to the other and vice-versa. In the same line of thought, the quality of mutual accountability mechanisms depends on the quality of domestic accountability in donor as well as partner countries.
The nature of ownership and accountability is complex. However, they are central to the advancement of the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA), as amply demonstrated in the Accra roundtables on country ownership, mutual accountability, as well as civil society organisations and aid effectiveness.
Additional resources: Links and documents
Mutual Accountability Explained (pdf, 605 kB)
Mutual Accountability at the International Level: Final Report (pdf, 324.5 kB)