AfDB Preparatory Workshop for High-Level Panel Accra Forum on Aid Effectiveness

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Kigali, Rwanda, 29 April 2008 – More than 200 delegates meet in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Tuesday and Wednesday (29-30 April 2008) for the Africa Regional Preparatory Workshop for the High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness to be held in Accra, Ghana, from 3-4 September 2008.

The delegates to the meeting organized by the African Development Bank Group, the Governments of Rwanda and Ghana, will discuss progress in the implementation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

The workshop will discuss the management of aid and other issues of critical interest to African countries related to the Paris Declaration. A key result will be a ‘Roadmap to the Accra High Level Forum’. Similar workshops are being held in other parts of the world.

"The workshop will also give African delegates to an opportunity for more in-depth discussions with donors on how best to meet the commitments made in the Paris Declaration," a workshop organizer said. "Further, it will broaden the understanding of the issues."

The Paris Declaration, endorsed on 2 March 2005 in the French capital, is an international agreement to which over one hundred government ministers, heads of multilateral finance institutions and international development agencies adhered and committed their countries and organisations to continue to increase efforts in harmonisation, alignment and managing aid for results with a set of monitorable bench-mark actions, indicators and time-bound deliverables.

"We, Ministers of developed and developing countries responsible for promoting development and Heads of multilateral and bilateral development institutions, meeting in Paris on 2 March 2005, resolve to take far-reaching and monitorable actions to reform the ways we deliver and manage aid …" the first sentence of the Declaration says.

Twelve indicators of aid effectiveness were developed as a way of tracking and encouraging progress against the broader set of partnership commitments. Targets for the year 2010 have been set for 11 of the indicators and are designed to encourage progress at the global level among the countries and organisations adhering to the Paris Declaration.

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