The Seven Habits of Effective Aid: Best Practices, Challenges and Open Questions

This paper looks at the challenges associated with achieving best practices for aid effectiveness that leaders will discuss at the ‘High-Level Forum on Harmonisation and Alignment for Aid Effectiveness’ to be held in Paris at the end of February, 2005. According to the report, the ‘seven habits of effective aid’ towards which formal commitments are in place, but which deserve to be clarified, reconfirmed and strengthened are: 1) aligning financing on partner country priorities; 2) improving aid predictability; 3) relying on country systems; 4) increasing donor complementarity; 5) intensifying and incentivising joint action; 6) ensuring mutual accountability; and 7) strengthening systemic capacity. Each of these seven elements is briefly discussed.


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Paolo de Renzio

Senior Research Fellow, International Budget Partnership

Paolo de Renzio joined the International Budget Partnership in October 2010 as Senior Research Fellow and is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His research agenda covers a broad range of topics, including budget transparency and accountability, equity and justice in budgeting, taxation and tax expenditures, among others. He also supports the team producing the Open Budget Survey. Prior to joining the IBP, Paolo worked as a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute; as an economist and policy advisor in Papua New Guinea’s Ministry of Finance; and as a UNDP public sector specialist, lecturer, and independent consultant in Mozambique. He has been a consultant for the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Commission, and for a number of bilateral donor agencies and international NGOs. Paolo holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where his research focused on the impact of donor policies on budget reforms in developing countries. He also holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from ‘Bocconi’ in Milan, Italy.

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