What are the country consultations?

In 2005, official aid donors and recipient countries signed the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, which commits them to increasing their efforts to ensure that development aid is used and disbursed in the most effective way. In 2008, another agreement- The Accra Agenda for Action- was signed, which builds on these commitments.

The implementation of the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action are at country level, and different stakeholders- including civil society organisations - are expected to hold their country governments and financial partners/donors to account to respect these commitments.

To this end, BetterAid's partner organisation Reality of Aid, together with IBON, is currently implementing the country-level process of their programme: "Country Outreach for Broad Implementation of the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA): from Aid Effectiveness to Development Effectiveness", as a continuation of the regional workshops that occurred from 2008 to 2009. The country-level process aims to contribute to catalyzing country level implementation of the AAA through CSO engagement in advocacy and development cooperation on local AAA implementation.

The country outreach work will be based on the country-level plans of CSOs who are involved in aid effectiveness and development effectiveness advocacy. A broad range of CSOs will be encouraged to participate and work together to engage their respective governments, parliaments and development partners in the implementation and monitoring of AAA.

These processes are expected to contribute towards strengthening the civil society voice in the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in South Korea at the end of 2011, and will inform BetterAid position papers and advocacy work.

More details are available at the Reality of Aid Country outreach team website.