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AID EFFECTIVENESS AND THE PARIS DECLARATION: A MISMATCH BETWEEN OWNERSHIP AND RESULTS-BASED MANAGEMENT?

Journal article
Authors Martin Sjöstedt
Published in Public Administration and Development
Volume 33
Issue 2
Pages 143-155
ISSN 0271-2075
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 143-155
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1002/pad.1645
Keywords foreign aid; conditionality; ownership; Paris Declaration; Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Subject categories Political Science

Abstract

Although recent years have witnessed substantial changes in the global aid architecture, less effort has been devoted to investigating the process of implementing those changes. By using the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) as an illustrative and critical case, this article shows how a donor development priority—gender—travels from Stockholm and headquarters to a Paris Declaration-infused aid practice in three cases with different aid modalities: Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Cambodia. More specifically, the qualitative empirical investigation conducted here shows that the implementation of the new aid architecture puts severe and competing demands on development practitioners. At the core of this tension is the fact that although all donors are supposed to promote partner country ownership, harmonize their efforts with other donors, and align themselves with partner country priorities, results-based management simultaneously implies not only a focus on continuously measuring and reporting results but also stricter prioritizations on behalf of donor governments. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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