2nd Annual Plenary of the OECD Global Forum on Development (Paris, 20 May 2008)


Strengthening Country Ownership

At this Second Annual Plenary, high-level policy makers from official donor agencies and civil society representatives reflected on how to strengthen country ownership of development policies. The objective of the event was to help guide discussions on ownership at the Third High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, to be held in Accra in 2-4 September 2008. A Report will be available soon.


Discussions were kicked off by presentations from experts from North and South, focusing on the predictability of aid, the controversial issue of conditionality, the challenge of developing capacity for budgeting and the need to "broaden" the concept of ownership to include actors outside government. Participants drew on the results of Workshops on Informal Experts' Workshop on Ownership in Practice (27-28 September 2007) and Policy Workshop on Scaling Up at Country Level  (11 December 2007).




Introductory presentations

Strengthening country ownership

Richard Carey, Director, OECD Development Co-operation Directorate

Are we serious about ownership?


Javier Santiso, Director, OECD Development Centre

Morning Session: More Predictable Aid, More Ownership?

Aid Predictability, Ownership and Development in Africa

Patrick Osakwe, Chief, Financing Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Rwanda's Financing Scenarios

Adapted from presentation by:


John Rwangombwa, Secretary General and Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Government of Rwanda (10 December 2007)

Parallel Session A: Capacity for Budgeting

ODA Capacity Development: Why it is not delivering results


The Bonn Consensus on Capacity Development

Talaat Abdel-Malek, Economic Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of International Co-operation, Egypt

Parallel Session B: Policy Space and Conditionality

The South Centre's Strategy on Aid Exit

Yash Tandon, Executive Director, South Centre

Afternoon Session: Broadening Country Ownership for Development

Strengthening Ownership through Broad Democratic Processes

Antonio Tujan Jr., Director, IBON Foundation, Philippines

Ownership Requires Research

Berit Olsson, Head, Department for Research Cooperation, Swedish International Cooperation Agency


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