The Accra HLF ended on the 4th of September 2008 at a very high note, with all stakeholders having some level of satisfaction with the final outcome document, the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA).
Some of the key commitments made in the AAA respond to the advocacy that the women’s movement has been making in the build up to Accra. It states that “Gender equality, respect for human rights and environmental sustainability are cornerstones for achieving enduring impact on the lives and potential of poor women, men and children. It is vital that all our policies address these issues in a more systematic and coherent way”.
Other highlights in the AAA:
1. Commits that donors will support efforts to increase the capacity of development actors – including CSOs – to take an active role in dialogue on development policy and on the role of aid in contributing to countries development objectives [para 13b]
2. Commits that “Developing countries and donors will ensure that their respective development policies and programmes are designed and implemented in ways consistent with their agreed international commitments on gender equality, human rights, disability and environmental sustainability” [para 13c]
3. Resolves to exercising flexibility on the use of project funding, in situations where use of country systems is not the preferred option. [para 15b]
4. In countries in fragile situations “--- donors and developing countries will work and agree on a set of realistic peace and state-building objectives that address the root causes of conflict and fragility and help ensure the protection and participation of women.” Goes further to recognize the role of the UN in such situations. [para 21b]
5. “Developing countries will strengthen the quality of policy design, implementation and assessment by improving information systems, including as appropriate, disaggregating data by sex, region and socio economic status” [para 23a]
6. Donors and countries commit to strengthening accountability to each other and to their citizens. [para 24]
7. “We recognize that additional work will be required to improve the methodology and indicators of progress of aid effectiveness” [para 30]
8. Creating the link between Accra, New York and Doha and “—welcome the contribution that the ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum is making to the international dialogue and to mutual accountability on aid issues. We call upon the UN development system to further support the capacities of developing countries for effective management of development assistance” [para 31]
*** This NEWS Update was prepared by the UNIFEM team currently in Accra to attend the events related to the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.***