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The Aid Effectiveness Agenda – increasing the effectiveness of development cooperation


The adoption of the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals derived from it set in motion a discussion on fundamental improvements to aid effectiveness. Four high-level forums on aid effectiveness have taken place in the period since 2003: in Rome in 2003, in Paris in 2005, in Accra in 2008 and in Busan in 2011.

At these meetings, industrialised and developing countries together sought to find ways to make cooperation efficient and to achieve the greatest possible impacts – even in times of crisis. Germany actively supported preparations for these conferences and played a key role in discussions.

  • The Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation
    In November/December 2011, the Republic of Korea hosted the Fourth High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. In the final document, a new partnership for development was forged. Industrialised and developing countries and emerging economies are to act in concert with international development organisations, the private sector and civil society to achieve measurable progress on poverty reduction and sustainable development.
  • The Accra Agenda for Action
    The Third High-level Forum was held in Accra, Ghana, in September 2008. The final document, the Accra Agenda for Action, made additions to the Paris Declaration (see below) in areas in which implementation had proved difficult.
  • The Paris Declaration
    At the Second High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, held in Paris in spring 2005, more than 100 representatives of donor and partner countries, international development organisations, the private sector and civil society adopted a new agenda, called the Paris Declaration.
  • The Rome Declaration
    The first visible success was achieved in Rome in 2003 at the First High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness: in the Rome Declaration, participants undertook to align their development cooperation with developing countries' strategies, institutions and structures and to step up donor harmonisation.

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