Government, Donor Harmonization & Aid Effectiveness Training
Government, Donor Harmonisation
Development cooperation has often been accused of imposing cumbersome procedures on officials in program countries, diverting attention from national strategies rather than contributing to their preparation and implementation. Initiatives to overcome these impediments are commonly grouped under the concept of Harmonization and Alignment, i.e. harmonization of donor practices and increasing alignment with national development priorities and strengthened national systems for planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting. More effective development cooperation will allow faster scaling-up of priority national interventions to help countries achieve sustainable development goals.
The high-point of international consensus came when Ministers from developed and developing countries announced the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness: Ownership, Harmonization, Alignment, Results and Mutual Accountability (2005). This built on the Rome Declaration adopted at the High-Level Forum on Harmonization (2003) and the Marrakech Roundtable on Managing for Development Results (2004). The main rationale of this training is to help delegates better understand, comprehend, and have hands-on skills on the best approaches to attaining government and donor harmonization that will ultimately lead to Aid effectiveness. Case studies on countries that have been successful toward this approach will be highly embraced in the discussions.