Working Party on Aid Effectiveness

Working with the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness

The main body with which the BetterAid Coordination Group (BACG) engages is the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), with a priority focus on the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-EFF).

What does the WP-EFF do?

Since 2003 the WP-EFF has been the principle forum for discussion on issues of aid effectiveness and development priorities in the context of official development assistance. But it was only at the 3rd High Level Forum in Accra that the WP-EFF was established as an international partnership for aid effectiveness, bringing together a fuller range of stakeholders and development actors “to continue monitoring progress on implementing the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action and to report back to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Korea in 2011.”

See the WP-EFF page on the OECD website.

How does BetterAid work with the WP-EFF?

Since Accra, the BetterAid Coordinating Group (BACG) has become an official and active member of the WP-EFF and contributes to the full breadth of work being undertaken by the WP-EFF. To understand BACG engagement with the WP-EFF it is important to understand that the WP-EFF functions under the direction of an Executive Committee and is divided into five thematic clusters (each with their own work streams and task teams) that are mandated to perform separate but interlinked tasks in parallel in the lead up to the 4th High Level Forum in Seoul in 2011.

More info on the structure of the WP-EFF.

The BACG is represented in the Executive Committee by the co-chairs and in each of the thematic clusters and work streams by representatives of member organizations. On the Executive Committee the co-chairs are part of the decision-making process that drives the work plan and operational strategy of the WP-EFF. Then in the Clusters and Task Teams the BACG is able to make a strong contribution to the substantive issues taken up in the WP-EFF. In general, BACG member organizations volunteer to participate in the Clusters and Work Streams where they have expertise and that are priorities for their own work.

More information on the clusters from the OECD.

Other DAC bodies- beyond the WP-EFF

A secondary priority for the BACG are the other networks of the DAC, including the Network on Poverty Reduction (POVNET), the Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) and the Network on Governance (GOVNET). Participation in the past has included in plenary meetings, workshops, and task teams. For more information on the other networks of the DAC please visit the DAC portion of the OECD website.