Accra, 2 September 2008 – The Third High Level on Aid Effectiveness got underway in Accra on Tuesday with calls to adapt development business to changing times including integrating new donors into the Paris Declaration process.
The Conference will be adjudged a success if these is agreement to move forward on the Paris agenda with a new sense of urgency, and with some degree of concurrence on what should be given the highest priority, and if there is agreement that new donors should be more fully integrated in terms of the Paris commitments, said Mary Chinery-Hesse, Co-Chair of the Forum and Advisor to Ghanaian President John Kufuor.
Ms Chinery-Hesse, who opened the forum on behalf of Mr. Kufuor, noted that fast-tracking implementation of the Paris process would help address growing inequalities of income and opportunity within countries and between states to enhance global progress.
"Aid effectiveness is about generating better development results to counter these inequalities. This ought to be at the heart of all we do," She said.
Ms also emphasized the need for both the developing and developed countries to abide by and devotedly fulfill their commitments to the Paris Declaration on Development Effectiveness.
On one hand, developing countries, she said, should give an undertaking to devise and propagate convincing systems of managing for results best suited to their domestic planning, management and accountability needs.
On the other, development partners should, for their part, pledge to modify the modalities for aid administration in favor of greater delegation of authority to their field offices as this would make their representatives better team players at the local level.
She noted that while considerable improvements have taken place in development business, it must be admitted that the pace of progress made since 2005 has been slow, adding reform efforts must be accelerated to meet the aid effectiveness commitment for 2010.
"In spite of all our efforts, and ironically, aid is getting more fragmented …there is the need to move forward with a new sense of urgency. We must not merely talk about things. We must act."
The Co-chair of the Forum, UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman and other prominent speakers also underscored the need to strengthen implementation of the Paris Declaration to achieve more tangible and sustainable development results.
The agenda of the Accra conference comprises a general review of the implementation of the Paris process, launch of a pictorial exposition on development business tagged "Marketplace of Ideas", round table meetings and a ministerial high level discussions that would culminate in the adoption of an Accra Agenda for Action (AAA).
The Bank Group delegation led by its President, Donald Kaberuka is among over 1000 participants representing governments, development agencies, donor institutions, foundations, parliaments, and civil society organizations at the 3-day Forum which is assessing progress made in implementing Paris Declaration commitments.