Loquai, C. 2011. Supporting domestic accountability in developing countries: Taking stock of the approaches and experiences of German development cooperation in Mali. (Discussion Paper 115). Maastricht: ECDPM.
Aid has always played a significant role in Mali, as the country has continuously ranked amongst the
poorest of the world in terms of human development. Considered a model of democratic transition in Africa
and in great need of funds for fighting poverty, Mali has become a donor’s darling and a “testing ground” for
new aid modalities, such as budget support and other programme-based approaches.
In view of rising levels of aid dependency and strong presence of the donor community, questions on the
ownership of development policies and trade offs between external and domestic accountability have since
long been debated in the development community and by Malian stakeholders for quite some time, but
gained in importance in the context of budget support and other harmonized forms of aid.
Key Purpose of ECDPM Study
This paper, prepared on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), maps and analyses how different actors of German development cooperation aim to support domestic accountability systems in Mali. The present study forms part of a larger study on German support for strengthening domestic accountability in six developing countries: Bangladesh, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru and Tanzania.
Key Findings of ECDPM
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