Accountability initiatives improve aid effectiveness
Ahead of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, OPM has recently produced a study for AusAID’s Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) on experience with the Paris Declaration Mutual Accountability principle, on the basis of which AusAID has produced an ODE Brief. The OPM study found that there has been little effective demand from either aid recipients or aid providers for the strengthening of mutual accountability mechanisms and processes. For aid recipients, the prospects of meaningful gains in aid effectiveness do not in general appear to be judged worth the costs involved, in terms of political capital, administrative effort and the diplomatic impact of a potentially confrontational approach with donors over their aid policies. Most bilateral donors are facing strengthened demands from their domestic constituency for narrow forms of accountability around directly attributable results. However there is evidence that where initiatives have been taken these have improved aid effectiveness.