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AfDB Participates in OECD-DAC Core Group Meeting on Rationalizing Aid Delivery

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The 2nd Meeting of the OECD-DAC Task Team on Rationalizing Aid Delivery/Fostering Complementarity took place in Paris on 4th April 2008, back-to-back with the meeting of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness, from 2-3 April 2008. In attendance were: AfDB, Cambodia, EU Commission, OECD-DAC, Uganda, UNDP, USA, and the World Bank.

Chaired by Germany, the meeting discussed arrangements for the organization of a Roundtable on Harmonization and regional workshops. It also reviewed a draft of the preliminary Good Practice Principles and inputs into the Accra Agenda for Action. The Good Practice Principles were first developed and discussed during a workshop in February 2008, with the participation of partner countries as well as donors. They were further refined at a meeting of the Core Group later in the month.

Comments on the principles included: reflection of the capacity constraints of the partner countries, the prominent role of line ministries in the Division of Labor processes, and the need to address the role and mandate of multilateral donors in the context of complementarity.

The Core Group members recognized the challenges posed by the limited capacity of Partner Countries to lead the DoL process, and the need for a two-pronged approach (from Country and Sector perspectives). The AfDB expressed the view that the mandate of the international financial institutions will naturally lead to their involvement in more sectors.

While experience of SWAPs and PBAs could possibly give guidance, especially where SWAPs have been in existence before DoL processes started, the aim of a DoL exercise should be to manage diversity without imposing uniformity. The Principles will be revised on the basis of the discussion in the Core Group meeting in order to feed them into the regional workshops. There was consensus that amongst the Core Group that the Co-chair, Uganda, or a respective representative, should chair the session regarding Roundtable 3 at the Kigali workshop.

The AfDB Resident Representative in Uganda, Mukaila Ojelade, represented the Bank at the meeting.

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