Roundtable Topic 4: Managing for Results and Development Impact
Managing for results, the fourth pillar of Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (PDAE) and one of the Nine Roundtables of Accra Third High Level Forum (HlF-3) will focus on the role of donors and countries in achieving development results.
The PDAE commits both donors and partner countries to managing their resources so as to maximize development results. This means having systems in place to monitor the impact of development initiatives, and using the information to improve decision making and programme performance. Specifically, donors and partner countries agree to establishing common reporting and assessment frameworks for more effective results monitoring, and donors agree to invest in capacity development and rely on country systems.
Most countries have gone to considerable lengths to produce performance assessment frameworks with elaborate lists of indicators, in support of their national development strategies. Many have also tried to rationalize the multiple monitoring mechanisms for development assistance into a single, national monitoring system.
However, experience suggests that managing for results is the hardest of the five PDAE principles to implement. In moving forward, the challenge for countries and donors is to be able to respond to the growing demand for results and to show that they are providing "good value for money".
Managing for Development Results (MfDR) requires improved evidence-based (sound statistics) decision making and building a results focus into strategic planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation. All components of those national systems need to be in place and have to be strengthened: namely, statistical capacity and decision-making processes on what needs to be measured, capacity to plan, linking planning and budgeting, monitoring results, evaluating progress and transparency in performance information to the public.
A 2008 Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration and the first phase of the Evaluation of the Implementation of the Paris Declaration indicate that progress is slow for meeting the target of having transparent and monitorable performance assessment frameworks by 2010. At the same time, the Evaluation also re-focused attention on the Declaration’s other concerns including what donors need to do to leverage their own systems and their active support to building more effective country systems.
The key issues to be addressed at this Roundtable are relevant to partner country governments, civil society organizations and the donor community: These include:
- Supporting Sustainable Capacity Development;
- Creating Incentives for Development Effectiveness, Guidelines on Incentives for Aid Effectiveness;
- Self-Assessment Tool regarding incentives structures among donor agencies;
- Communication, Experience Sharing and Peer mentoring by providing easy-to-use practical guidance on how to implement MfDR, strengthening demand for results from citizens, parliaments, the private sector, the media and others by information sharing and peer-to-peer learning; Sharing country experiences that demonstrate the value added of MfDR and drawing lessons regarding the relevance of MfDR for partner countries and donors.