Aid Effectiveness and Coordination

Status: Completed

“Mutual accountability in development in Afghanistan can only be achieved with improved accountability in all aspects of life.”
AREU’s work on aid effectiveness began with a review of the pre-2001 Strategic Framework for Afghanistan—the organisation’s first ever report.
Since then, it has focused on coordination and accountability among aid actors in the context of policy frameworks such as the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. This includes an analysis of “mutual accountability”—a core principle of the Paris Declaration. In theory, this stresses the importance of mutual transparency, respect and coordination between development partners. However, evidence suggests that political will is lacking among both international donors and the Afghan government to elaborate and implement such concepts on a practical level. A broader 2009 assessment of the Paris Declaration itself points to a need to expand its priorities beyond technical concerns to encompass both the political dimensions of aid and a greater focus on monitoring its impact.

Publications from this research project:

Mutual Accountability in Afghanistan: Promoting Partnerships in Development Aid?

This paper focuses on how mutual accountability in development aid is understood and how it works in practice in Afghanistan, while also examining the challenges involved in achieving mutual accountability in aid relationships. It concludes that mutual accountability can make

Improving Mutual Accountability for Aid Effectiveness

This paper focuses on how mutual accountability in development aid is understood and how it works in practice in Afghanistan, while also examining the challenges involved in achieving mutual accountability in aid relationships. It concludes that mutual accountability can make

Reflections on the Paris Declaration and Aid Effectiveness in Afghanistan

Aid to Afghanistan is widely criticised for being ineffective. This report argues that although the principles laid out in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness are worthy, the framework is inadequate to ensure aid effectiveness in Afghanistan.

National Risk and Vulnerability Assessment 2003: A Stakeholder-Generated Methodology

This paper examines the methodology and objectives of the national level annual assessment conducted by the World Food Programme’s Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Unit to explore Afghanistan’s likely food needs for the following year.

Strategic Coordination in Afghanistan

Based on consultations held with 70 people from the United Nations (UN), aid donor countries, the Afghanistan Interim Administration (AIA), ISAF, Coalition Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force (CJCMOTF) and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), this study identifies the issues related to strategic

Review of the Strategic Framework for Afghanistan

Produced soon after September 2001, this report explored the nature of the international community’s engagement with Afghanistan and how political, assistance and human rights objectives should interconnect in the wake of 9/11.

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