In 2005, countries around the world agreed to a set of commitments designed to make aid more effective for development. Set out in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, these commitments—to be fulfilled by 2010—were linked to a monitoring process for measuring progress and enabling recommendations for improvement. The results will be presented in a new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report, “Aid Effectiveness 2011: Progress Report on Implementing the Paris Declaration.”
On September 22, the Development Assistance and Governance Initiative at Brookings hosted the launch of the new OECD report. Panelists include J. Brian Atwood, chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee; Talaat Abdel-Malek, co-chair of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness; Paul O’Brien, vice president for policy and campaigns at Oxfam; Emilia Pires, the minister of finance for the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste; and K.Y. Amoako, founder and president of the African Center for Economic Transformation and former executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa. Senior Fellow Homi Kharas, deputy director of Global Economy and Development at Brookings, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.
After the program, the panelists took audience questions.