The High Level Forum scheduled for September 2-4, 2008 in Accra, Ghana, on Aid Effectiveness will, without a doubt, strengthen collaboration between developed and developing countries to ensure development aid is better used and managed.
Organized by the OECD, the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB), and hosted by the Ghanaian government, the forum will bring together ministers, heads of development agencies and representatives of civil society organizations from more than 100 countries. Given the results achieved through development aid, participants will focus on what needs to change and how the international aid system could yield the best possible results for the investments made.
Participants will evaluate ways in which donor countries and beneficiaries could work together to meet their respective commitments with regard to development aid.
Participants will also examine efforts at administering aid at country level and the meeting of donor commitments. The forum will also enable participants to find out if beneficiary countries are meeting their own development needs and their level of cooperation with their parliaments and the civil society in order to define development objectives and the required capacity building to attain the objectives.
The 3-day Accra Forum will end with a ministerial meeting. The OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurria, will open the ministerial forum by introducing Ghanaian President, John Kufuor. The ministerial meeting will bring together national officials as well as ministers of donor and developing countries, including Afghanistan, South Africa, Germany, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Egypt, the United States, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, Moldova, the United Kingdom, Rwanda, Senegal, Timor Leste and Vietnam as well as officials of the World Bank, the AfDB, the Asian Development Bank and UNDP.
The forum will end with the adoption of the Accra Action Plan through which the international community will reaffirm its commitment to achieve progress in the implementation of the Paris Declaration and intensify efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). According to the OECD, besides debt relief, bilateral aid to Sub-Saharan Africa increased by 10% in real terms. This represents an improvement vis-à-vis the growth rate posted in recent times. It is however obvious that donors are faced with a real challenge if they want to concretize the intentions they expressed during the Gleneagles G8 Summit, namely; doubling aid to the continent by 2010.