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Overseas Aid: Standards

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what obligations arise from adherence to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness; and who the signatories to that declaration are, broken down by (a) nationality and (b) status. (211712)

The Paris Declaration commits signatories to meet, by 2010, 12 indicators which are guided by five principles:

(a) Ownership: Partner countries exercise effective leadership over their development policies and strategies and co-ordinate development actions;

(b) Alignment: Donors base their overall support on partner countries' national development strategies, institutions and procedures;

(c) Harmonisation: Donors' actions are more harmonised, transparent and collectively effective;

(d) Managing for results: Managing resources and improved decision-making for results;

(e) Mutual accountability: Donors and partners are accountable for development results.

Details of signatories to the Paris Declaration can be found through the OECD-DAC's website

http://www.oecd.orq/document/22/0.3343.en_2649_33721_ 36074966_1_1_1_1.00.html.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the relative performance of donors who have signed up to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. (211713)

Monitoring of the Paris Declaration is carried out by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) through a survey, completed by both partner countries and donors.

The first survey was carried out in 2006. The survey showed that DFID has already met or is on track to meet its targets by 2010. More generally, it showed that, while a number of efforts are being made to implement the Paris Declaration, both donors and partners need to step up their efforts if the targets are to be met by 2010. Priorities for donors include better alignment with country priorities, reducing transactions costs, better use of performance assessment frameworks to promote managing for results, and mutual accountability (where donors and partner governments are both accountable for delivering on commitments made).

The second survey was conducted earlier this year. Results will be published ahead of the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness taking place in Accra in September. Details of the survey can be found through the DAC website

http://www.oecd.orq/document/20/0.3343.en_2649_ 15577209_38521876_1_1_1_1.00.html.