AfDB Annual Meetings-Ministerial Forum on Aid Effectiveness
Maputo, Mozambique, 11 May 2008 – African finance ministers, heads of multilateral development agencies, business leaders and civil society representatives attending the 2008 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group held wide-raging discussions on Sunday in Maputo, Mozambique, on critical development issues in preparation for the 3rd High Level Forum on Aid effectiveness scheduled to take place in September 2008 in Accra, Ghana.
The Maputo "Ministerial Forum on Aid Effectiveness" chaired by South African Finance Minister, Trevor Manuel, discussed consultations within the framework of the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) aimed at building consensus to reinforce the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, as part of activities leading up to this year’s annual meetings of the Bank Group.
"We believe the Accra (HLF-3) can and should be the turning point in the way that the aid agenda is executed and implemented. To this end, we anticipate sincere, forthright, and honest discussions and interactions aimed at deepening, enriching, and moving forward the implementation of the Paris Declaration commitments in a positive and mutually-beneficial manner, the Acting Director of the External Resource-Multilateral Mobilization of the Ghana ministry of finance, Addo Mary-Anne told the meeting.
For his part, the Chair of the OECD-DAC Committee, Eckhard Deutscher, urged partner countries to take very active interest on the way aid is delivered noting that development financing and aid effectiveness were the common denominator of the Paris Declaration.
Many participants emphasized the importance of supporting regional integration and the private sector that have emerged as the engines of growth and development across the world, noting that development partners were not providing commensurate support in this regard. However, the multiplicity of regional organisations often duplicating development activities or working at cross-purposes, were cited as some of the reasons why such organisations do not provide a viable platform to attract support.
Tanzania’s finance and economic affairs minister, Mustapha Mkulo, explained that aid in the form of budget support accounted for about 15% if his country’s annual budget. Tanzania, he noted, was building on agriculture, infrastructure, education, water and energy as key pillars of its development agenda.
In a presentation, the AfDB Operations, Policy and Compliance Department Director, Philibert Afrika, noted that the Accra HLF preparatory consultations revealed frustrations over the slow pace of Paris declaration implementation, unresolved issues related to ownership, partnership and mutual accountability, concerns over misalignment of aid, use of country systems, conditionality, division of labor, and capacity. There were also calls for constructive engagement of non-DAC (Development Assistance Committee) and vertical funds.
The last preparations for the Africa HLF-3 were held in Kigali last month and much earlier in Asia. The meetings for Latin America and the Middle are still to be held.
The Paris Declaration, endorsed on 2 March 2005, is an international agreement to which over one hundred governments heads of development agencies and other senior officials committed to continue to increase efforts in harmonisation, alignment and managing aid for results with a set of monitorable actions and indicators. Eleven of the 12 indicators are expected to be met by 2010.