Aid Effectiveness

At the Asia Regional Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Manila.

Shocking fact – Afghanistan received 1,657 donor missions last year. That’s more than 4 a day, 365 days a year. How is a government supposed to govern properly if it has its face pointing towards the donors and its rear end facing its own citizens?

Published by Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and

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  2. Dear colleagues,

    CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) hosted the virtual conference Better Aid: Rethinking the Way We Work this September. During one week, donor staff, practitioners and consultants focused on questions around the five core elements of aid effectiveness represented by the

    The following link to the final conference report captures many of the ideas discussed, specific examples and concrete recommendations:

    Aid Effectiveness Star: strategic clarity, staff capacity, accountability for results, knowledge management and appropriate instruments. Participants discussed current issues facing donor agencies as well as ways to improve the quality of how agencies work.

    The virtual conference also provided useful inputs into the

    We hope you will enjoy the report. Please feel free to share it with others.

    Kind regards,

    CGAP Aid Effectiveness Team

    Better Aid for Access to Finance meeting that gathered 28 heads and top managers of leading development agencies on October 20, in Paris.

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