Development Effectiveness in Development Cooperation: a Rights-Based Perspective

This document, produced by BetterAid, starts from the premise that the current system of international development cooperation cannot singlehandedly address the present and growing needs evident around the world. There should be a new approach to development cooperation focusing on development effectiveness rather than aid effectiveness. Development cooperation should be assessed for the real impact it has on the well-being of all people, particularly poor and disadvantaged individuals, many of whom are women. Citizens’ voices — of women and men — and their concerns must be the primary basis for national development plans, policies and processes. Effective development requires an equitable, democratic and inclusive multilateral architecture.

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