Support for Strengthening the Poverty Impact of the Paris Declaration
The purpose of this study has been to build an evidence base on the relationship between human rights, social exclusion and gender equality, the aid effectiveness agenda as set out in the Paris Declaration and the wider agenda of development effectiveness towards which the Paris Declaration seeks to contribute. The specific intention is to provide practical evidence-based recommendations for strengthening aid effectiveness and progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the Third High Level Forum (HLF3) in Ghana (September 2008) and to build support for those recommendations among Paris Declaration stakeholders. The evidence gathered for the study focused on how effectively gender, rights and exclusion are being addressed through the aid instruments, country level dialogue, relationships and decision-making processes through which the Paris Declaration is being implemented. The study has involved six country case studies covering widely differing contexts (Bangladesh, Bolivia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Vietnam). The country case studies involved visits carried out between late November 2007 and January 2008. This evidence was complemented by eleven desk studies of examples of relevant experience and initiatives from other countries, as well as a wider review of the literature.