How can aid be more effective?

Published: 06 December 2010

What has to be done for aid to be more effective?

On the agenda of the EDDs this year is aid effectiveness. Recently there has been lively discussion about how aid can be more effective. This questions gains power if we look at the current situation of decreasing budgets for development aid due to the financial crisis. Mary Okumu, Chief Technical Advisor, United Nations Capital Development Fund, South Africa, believes that “we cannot select the project, basic rights are a package. It is not only about the fact that girls should go to school or that they get proper medical assistance if they need it. All sectors must be intregrated and the most important thing is that governments will be held responsible for their actions.” Justus Kangwagye, Mayor of Rulindo District, Rwanda, is convinced that the cooperation between the local governments and the development aid donors is the most important: “We all have to come together to find some kind of dialog. Without dialog nothing is possible.” But before local governments meet with donors for a dialog, they first should be sure where aid is really needed: “We have to understand exactly where we should help and listen carefully with our partners. Aid has to be innovated to make it more effective. Therefore we have to find out the best ingredients for effective aid”, according to Neila Akrimi, Regional Project Manager, Association of Netherlands Municipalities. It is clear – there is still a long way for development aid to be more effective – but at least some approaches for find solutions to solve that problems can be found.