In spite of the fact that the PD commits donor countries to a common set of principles and targets to achieve aid effectiveness, CSOs are calling for a number of reforms and deepening of the aid effectiveness based on a number of general concerns including:
• The new aid architecture needs to be more comprehensive of all development
stakeholders—particularly CSOs, including women’s organizations and movements.
• Too much focus on aid modalities: The emphasis is too centered on the “plumbing” or mechanisms of the aid delivery system, not enough on reducing poverty and inequality as expressed in the Millennium Development Goals. Evaluating aid’s effectiveness needs to be integrally linked to support for human rights, democratic governance, environmental sustainability and gender equality.
• More clarity on the implementation of the PD principles: An in-depth discussion of the meaning and impacts of the PD principles needs to take place, including the inputs of the CSOs particularly about the principles of ownership, alignment and accountability.
• Limits in monitoring commitments: Monitoring of the PD commitments in the
lead up to Ghana must be fully transparent and inclusive of civil society and women’s rights organisations.