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Making aid more effective

On 3 June, Concern Worldwide launched its Alliance2015 aid effectiveness research in Phnom Penh. It calls on governments to involve people in decision making about issues related to aid and poverty. 

Promises made

Governments around the world have made promises over the years to make overseas aid more effective. Significant promises were made in Paris in 2005 and Accra in 2008. We’re looking to see if they’re keeping these promises and what difference this is making to the people we work with.  

Scope of the research

The research is made up of five country case studies on Cambodia, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Ghana and Mozambique with an overall report.  

Concern and our Alliance2015 partners have been particularly focused on “democratic ownership.” This means that governments and citizens work together to develop policies that can tackle poverty.

What the research says

The idea of “democratic ownership” sounds simple but it is not practiced in many countries in the world.  Our research gives an insight into where things stand in five of our Alliance programme countries. As always, the results are mixed – progress in some places, but a long way to go in others.

Government review

This research comes ahead of the 4th High Level Forum on aid effectiveness (HLF4) in South Korea. At this forum in November, governments will review progress. We hope our research will inform the people taking part in the forum and – more importantly – bring real and meaningful change for the people with whom we work.

Our Alliance2015 partners

Alliance2015 is a partnership of seven humanitarian organisations working to make sure the Millennium Development Goals are met.