Accra Agenda for Action: 3rd High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, 2-4 September 2008

Sectors : Aid volume, Regional cooperation and integration, Quality of aid, International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions
Organisation : UN
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Commitments in: Financing for Development - Quality of aid

“We will increase aid’s value for money
18. Since the Paris Declaration was agreed in 2005, OECD‐DAC donors have made progress in untying their aid. A number of donors have already fully untied their aid, and we encourage others to do so. We will pursue, and accelerate, these efforts by taking the following actions:
a) OECD‐DAC donors will extend coverage of the 2001 DAC Recommendation on Untying Aid to non‐LDC HIPCs3 and will improve their reporting on the 2001 DAC Recommendation.
b) Donors will elaborate individual plans to further untie their aid to the maximum extent.
c) Donors will promote the use of local and regional procurement by ensuring that their procurement procedures are transparent and allow local and regional firms to compete. We will build on examples of good practice to help improve local firms’ capacity to compete successfully for aid‐funded procurement.
d) We will respect our international agreements on corporate social responsibility.”


Commitments in: Development partnerships - Regional cooperation and integration

“19. The contributions of all development actors are more effective when developing countries are in a position to manage and co‐ordinate them. We welcome the role of new contributors and will improve the way all development actors work together by taking the following actions:
a) We encourage all development actors, including those engaged in South‐South co‐operation, to use the Paris Declaration principles as a point of reference in providing development co‐operation.
b) We acknowledge the contributions made by all development actors, and in particular the role of middleincome countries as both providers and recipients of aid. We recognise the importance and particularities of South‐South cooperation and acknowledge that we can learn from the experience of developing countries. We encourage further development of triangular co‐operation.
c) Global funds and programmes make an important contribution to development. The programmes they fund are most effective in conjunction with complementary efforts to improve the policy environment and to strengthen the institutions in the sectors in which they operate. We call upon all global funds to support country ownership, to align and harmonise their assistance proactively, and to make good use of mutual accountability frameworks, while continuing their emphasis on achieving results. As new global challenges emerge, donors will ensure that existing channels for aid delivery are used and, if necessary, strengthened before creating separate new channels that risk further fragmentation and complicate co‐ordination at country level. We encourage developing countries to mobilise, manage and evaluate their international cooperation initiatives for the benefit of other developing countries.
d) South‐South co‐operation on development aims to observe the principle of non‐interference in internal affairs, equality among developing partners and respect for their independence, national sovereignty, cultural diversity and identity and local content. It plays an important role in international development co‐operation and is a valuable complement to North‐South co‐operation.”