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Ghana launches survey to monitor aid effectiveness

A survey to measure that Ghana’s utilization of all aid flows in line with the aid effectiveness agenda, was on Tuesday launched in Accra, Ghana’s capital.

The survey primarily seeks to collate views from development actors on the implementation of the Paris Declaration and the Agenda for Action.

The Paris Declaration endorsed on 2 March, 2005, is an international agreement to which over 100 Ministers, Heads of Agencies and other Senior Officials adhered and committed their countries and organizations to continue to increase efforts in harmonization, alignment and managing aid for results with a set of monitorable actions and indicators.

Mrs Effie-Simpson-Ekuban, acting Chief Director of Ghana’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, said the survey was the third and final round of monitoring exercises on the indicators and targets in the Paris Declaration.

She said both the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action called for systematic monitoring of the implementation of the aid effectiveness commitments at the international level.

Ghana is among the 81 countries participating in the survey exercise, whose inputs will define how partner countries and development partners proceed with the aid effectiveness agenda of the Fourth High-Level Forum in Busan, South Korea.

The Paris Declaration committed development partners and partner countries to increase their efforts in harmonization, alignment and management of aid for results and monitor their progress in improving aid effectiveness.

Mrs Simpson-Ekuban said the increase in the number of participating countries was a demonstration of the demand and expectation at all levels for an evidence-based dialogue and the monitoring survey would have a lot of influence on the discussions in Busan next year.

Besides the survey, a Development Partners’ Performance Assessment Framework was also launched to selectively monitor the implementation of international statements such as the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action.

The Framework also seeks to present both parties with evidence on development partners’ behaviour and practices in Ghana with a view to fostering change in line with internationally agreed commitments

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