Primer on Aid and Development Effectiveness: At a Crossroads at Busan?

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From November 29 to December 1, 2011, the High Level Forum IV on Aid Effectiveness will be held in Busan, South Korea. Some 2,000 representatives of governments, multilateral organizations, civil society networks, parliaments, academics, private sector representatives and others will meet to take stock of the process of aid quality reform since 2003, and conclude the negotiations for a new agreement on the future of reform of development cooperation.

The coming Busan HLF becomes a critical juncture not only because it will attempt to draw conclusions on the earlier HLFs in Paris and Accra, but also because it brings us to the following question: Will Busan usher in a higher level of reforms that will reframe aid effectiveness into development effectiveness that puts human rights, social justice, gender equality and ecological sustainability central to aid relationships and the broader development process?

This primer attempts to lay down the key issues and concerns towards Busan – the ones already raised by civil society but poorly addressed in previous HLFs and the new issues being brought to the table that need scrutiny – and also put forward some initial thinking on the post-Busan scenario. In a sense, Busan represents the crossroads for development cooperation and the aid system. Choosing which path to take is a challenge for development stakeholders, as it can either lead to a milestone of real advances or another detour in the long road of improving aid quality and international cooperation.

Program: Aid and Development Effectiveness
Date of Publication: July 2011
No. of pages: 91

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