Interesting publications

Over the last couple of months a number of interesting reports and statements was published by various orgnisations and research institutions.

Democratic Ownership and Development Effectiveness: Civil Society Perspectives on Progress since Paris - The 2011 Reality of Aid Report, dubbed as the RoA Shadow Report, will be published and launched in early October. The Report presents country-based civil society perspectives on the progress of reforms under the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action. With 35 contributions, 32 of which are reports from aid-recipient countries, the Report is largely based on evidence drawn from in-country research, meetings and interviews with various development actors. It shows the impact of aid reforms since implementation of the PD and AAA and provides important insights on national development outcomes and seeks to contribute to international development cooperation efforts towards the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness and beyond.
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EU Donor Atlas 2011 - The EU Donor Atlas offers easy access to a wide array of development statistics, mostly from OECD DAC and the World Bank’s World Development Indicators, covering both needs and financial resources.

The objective of the EU Donor Atlas is to provide a detailed mapping of EU donor activities to facilitate planning and programming; assist partner countries in strengthening their capacity to exercise leadership in development; and increase ODA transparency by providing easy to access and understand data to the general public.

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Is the implementation of the Aid Effectiveness agenda reducting aid dependency? (ActionAid, June 2011) - The aim of this report is to summarise the findings of the survey reports conducted in seven countries (Nepal, Rwanda, Cambodia, Kenya, Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania) by underlining the main commonalities and differences between the countries.

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How to spend it: Smart procurement for more effective aid
The report investigates how aid is actually spent, who the beneficiaries are and what the local economic impact is? It builds on six country case studies. It monitors the implementation of the aid effectiveness commitments in the fields of procurement, aid untying and the use of country systems which were made in the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action. Based on this evidence, it proposes a forward-looking agenda for policy and decision makers to consider in the run-up to the high-level forum in Busan: transforming aid through smarter procurement, and making aid spending work for the poor.