The Donors’ Assistance Group in Ethiopia (the country heads of 26 aid agencies working in Ethiopia) had an awayday yesterday, and I was invited to speak to them about the future of aid effectiveness.
The Deputy Finance Minister addressed the donor heads before me. In a very dignified way, he delivered the blunt message that the donors are not living up to their commitments in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. That was the perfect platform for my presentation which argued that aid effectiveness matters, that there are good reasons why the Paris Declaration is not going to bring about more effective aid, and that the donors in Ethiopia should work differently to improve aid effectiveness.
You can view and listen to my presentation by clicking the image below. This narrated presentation lasts 20 minutes (beware: when you click you’ll start to hear my voice, so don’t do this if you are in a meeting!).
Alternatively you can download the presentation as a pdf here.
The donors seemed to find the ideas in the presentation interesting. There was little dispute with the analysis that it is very hard to make progress on the Paris agenda as it is currently conceived, though some scepticism that it would be possible, in practice, to change the incentives enough to change behaviour. There was also some instinct to blame the Ethiopian government for things that don’t work very well. I didn’t really get the sense that they had taken to heart just how bad things are at the moment.
Please let me know in the comments what you think. Is Paris going to work?