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news | July 11, 2011 | Cambodia | Development

Evaluating aid effectiveness in Cambodia with Alliance2015

Contributing to the aid effectiveness discussion in Cambodia, Alliance2015 in Cambodia commissioned the production of a short country brief titled: “Democratic Ownership in Cambodia: Progress and Challenges” which was presented at a National Consultation Workshop this summer.

 

This summer, a National Consultation Workshop on "Moving aid effectiveness toward development effectiveness" held in Phnom Penh, brought together more than 132 participants from across Cambodia. The workshop was jointly organized by the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC), the NGO Forum on Cambodia and MEDiCAM.

Alliance2015 in Cambodia with five active members (ACTED, CESVI, Concern, People in Need and Welthungerhilfe) have been supporting CCC over the past years in its work on Aid Effectiveness in Cambodia. As part of this effort, Alliance2015 in Cambodia commissioned the production of a short country brief titled: “Democratic Ownership in Cambodia: Progress and Challenges”. Mr. Janardhan Rao, Country Director of Concern Worldwide, presented the report on behalf of Alliance2015.

The report concludes that Cambodia has taken some firm and positive steps toward country ownership of the development process by creating opportunities for the civil society to participate in high level debates, however a long path to reaching aid effectiveness targets still lies ahead. In moving ahead the workshop recommends that the Government of Cambodia should continue to expand its commitment to genuine mutli-stakeholder consultation in decision-making, beyond the level of formalities. Donors are advised to promote longer term support to initiatives in order to increase real impacts from their development aid, and civil society organizations should strive towards more transparent and accountable sector-wide development strategies.

This report fed into a cross country report of all five country briefs compiled by Alliance2015 globally. Assessments of the democratic ownership status in aid effectiveness have also been carried out in Ghana, Mozambique, Nicaragua and Tanzania. All reports are available online on the Alliance2015 website.

The event concluded with the endorsement of a communiqué by all participants which was presented at the second Global Assembly in Siem Reap on June 27-28 and will be presented at the fourth High Level Forum in Busan, South Korea, planned for later this year.