Donors can do better by listening locally

As part of the third panel on aid effectiveness, harmonization and alignment among donors, CIDSE’s Denise Auclair shared some findings of a recent CIDSE/Caritas study into the impact of EU aid in rural communities.

She stressed the need to involve civil society at a local level in projects and, while welcoming the code of conduct initiative of the Commission, was nervous how lead donors would be chosen for different sectors.

On the issue of harmonisation and division of labour among donors, she said that the EU actions have been helpful and played a leading role in stimulating EU donors to work on these issues. There is now research into the impact of harmonisation and alignment in Uganda, Zambia and Ghana that reviews the effect on quality and outcomes: She still sees that the allocation of aid in sectors may still be problem as it will continue to be attached to donors’ own priorities rather than those of recipient governments.

Listen to what she had to say after the session:

See more from the 4 July briefing

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