Roundtable on Domestic Accountability and Aid Effectiveness
European Development Days (EDD), 6 December 2010. Politics and governance play a central role in shaping the prospects of developing countries and their citizens. However, they have until recently received little explicit attention in the aid effectiveness agenda. Too little progress has been made on poverty reduction, as the UN General Assembly regretted during the Millennium Development Goals Summit in September. A number of stakeholders including donors have turned their attention to the question of how aid can be used in ways that will improve the landscape of politics and governance. The argument goes that by strengthening the workings of domestic accountability in developing countries progress in reducing poverty may be accelerated.