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Aid effectiveness

The international community, including Denmark, has taken important initiatives in recent years to make development assistance more effective.

A court case about car theft in the courthouse in Jinja, Uganda. Danida has renovated the old buildings and financed all the court’s fixtures and fittings, among other things.
Photo: Mikkel Østergaard

Denmark and the developing countries deserve the most development possible for every krone of development assistance. This presupposes effective development cooperation that creates results.

More than 100 countries, Denmark included, endorsed the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. The Declaration contains five principles:

  • The recipient countries must have ownership of their own development.
  • Donors’ efforts must be coordinated and harmonised
  • The aid must as far as possible be aligned with the systems of the recipient countries.
  • Aid must be administered with a view to creating results.
  • Aid is based on mutual accountability between donor and partner countries.

In many ways the Paris Declaration is a new concept for development assistance. The Declaration aims at strengthening the influence of the recipient country and increasing mutual accountability between donors and recipients.

Follow-up to the Paris Declaration

The countries behind the Paris Declaration met in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, in 2008, where they followed up on the work to improve aid effectiveness. They adopted an action plan with 43 points for more effective development assistance.

Denmark is working hard for its development assistance to follow the Paris objectives. Denmark has systematically followed up on the 43 points in the Accra action plan.

OECD evaluates progress

The work of implementing the principles in the Paris Declaration was evaluated in 2008 and 2011. Evaluation is carried out by the evaluation network under the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC).



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