Aid is not only about quantity, it is about quality too! It needs to reach the people who need it the most. Our new paper who owns Development Effectiveness? A European Reality Check analyses how EU aid is actually used based on the outcome of the last monitoring round of the Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness (GPEDC). This paper puts forward a series of recommendations based on a set of some selected indicators.

The quantity of Official Development Assistance (ODA) remains key for achieving sustainable development, but ‘how’ ODA is used is equally crucial to ensure that no one is left behind. Despite renewed commitment to effective development cooperation, there are concerns that development partners are losing focus on effectiveness, hence undermining the impact of ODA. This discussion paper highlights a number of key aspects of the EU and its member states’ performance against the development effectiveness principles, and also puts forward a set of recommendations.


Aid effectiveness in 3 figures:


CSOs were engaged by development partners to prepare country strategies


Of reporting EU member states decreased their use of country owned results frameworks and planning tools (Indicator 1a)


Is the share of EU institutions use of partner country financial management system (indicator 9

By looking at 4 indicators, this paper analyses how EU aid is actually performing:

  • Does aid focus on results?
  • Does aid promote country ownership?
  • Does aid promote inclusiveness?
  • And finally, is aid transparent and accountable?

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