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Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4)

November 29 - December 1, 2011
Busan, Korea

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HLF-4 is a key milestone for aid effectiveness and the MDGs. The Monterrey Consensus in 2002 recognised the critical role of ODA to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and thus called for an increase in aid volumes after a decade of « aid fatigue ». However, while aid was considered « part of the solution », it was also regarded as « part of the problem » - in some cases low quality aid has worked against the achievement of development results. The aid effectiveness agenda arose in response to this concern, beginning with the Rome High Level Forum on Harmonisation in 2003, and leading to the comprehensive agreements on aid effectiveness reached at the Second High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Paris in 2005.

The Paris Declaration (2005) represents a real « give and take » agreement between providers and receivers of aid : While donors committed to relax constraints on aid ; recipient countries committed to improve overall governance through strengthening their institutions, policies, and systems. And both agreed to measure progress and regularly hold each other to account for the 65 mutual commitments and targets on aid effectiveness set for 2010. The commitments reached at the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness - a mid-term stocktaking on progress against the Paris Declaration held in Accra, Ghana in 2008 - brought further precision as well as breadth to the Paris commitments, and, importantly, brought all members of the aid community into the debate.

The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, to be held in Busan, Korea on 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2011, marks the « due-date » for this ambitious mutual accountability mechanism. The HLF-4 will review experience since Paris, and draw conclusions on whether the commitments and targets set for 2010 by the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action have been achieved or not - and why. Furthermore, drawing on evidence, particularly from the Paris Declaration Monitoring Survey, the HLF-4 is expected to :

  • reaffirm the core principles for high quality aid and agree a framework towards comprehensive implementation by 2015 and beyond ;
  • frame actions around « aid quality in the broader context of development effectiveness » to situate the role and impact of aid in the broad context of development, global challenges and partnerships.

Source : http://www.aideffectiveness.org/busanhlf4/en.html

Publié le 20 juin 2011