By Elvira Beracochea, MIDEGO
This year the IH section hosted the second panel on “Aid Effectiveness and Accountability.” This panel is a follow on to the one we had last year. I am happy that the topic of Aid Effectiveness is raising more attention. I want to thank two guest presenters: Michael Hammer, Executive Director of the One World Trust, who came from the UK for this panel and Elisabeth Sandor of the OECD, who came from Paris for this panel.
One World Trus (www.oneworldtrust.org) is a fifty-year old non-profit organization in the UK evaluating and holding accountable organizations such as DfID, Aga Khan Foundation, etc. Their accountability report is a must for those working in IH. Last year the OECD decided to include health as its tracer sector and is monitoring progress towards the MDGs and the commitments made in Paris Declaration.
The APHA panel also included members of our section: Carol Dabss of The State Department, Jay Gribble of PRB, Wendy Johnson of HAI, who presented the NGO code of conduct, and me, who presented a country’s perspective in implementing the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. Kate Tulenko of the World Bank could not come but sent her PPT. My thanks and appreciation to all the panelists and participants!
I believe the panel raised interest and many interesting views and ideas. We decided to create a yahoo group and keep the dialog on aid effectiveness and accountability in health development activities. The address for the group is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aideffectiveness/ Let me know if you want to get copies of the presentations and/or join the group. We will be drafting a resolution on Aid Effectiveness and Accountability for the next Governing Council.