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A Turning Point for Aid, Yet Which Direction?

Article no: EN20080912-Article-5.1-2008

A Turning Point for Aid, Yet Which Direction?

Northern and Southern governments meeting in Accra, Ghana on 2-4 September further defined how they intend to improve the effectiveness of aid by 2010. The true depth of reforms to come will reveal whether aid will finally be used as an instrument for justice, or whether more of the same failed aid, simply polished around the edges, will signal the beginning of the end of the international aid system. By Denise Auclair

The novelties of the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) can be counted on one hand. At least 50% of aid to governments should be managed through the country?s public finance system, as direct budget support or sectoral programmes; and aid for public sector activities which does not use country systems must be justified ...

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