How Do Donors Collectively Address Gender Issues In Their Aid Management Practices At Country Level?

Published: January 2009

This paper presents an overview of the joint mechanisms that donors have put in place in the countries reviewed, and how these addressed gender issues. The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (PD) commits donors and partner countries to reform aid management and delivery in order to strengthen its development outcomes. Through the Declaration, development partners commit to implementing common arrangements for planning, funding, disbursing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on donor activities and aid flows at country level.

Key Findings

  • Donors typically develop a joint assistance strategy (JAS) that provides a framework for collective donor support and identifies the priorities for donor and government cooperation in a country.
  • To respond to calls for enhanced harmonization and coordination of aid, donors have set up a number of coordination, theme, and working groups in the countries reviewed.
  • In most of the countries donors have also established structures or groups that have responsibility for supporting the implementation of the country's gender equality objectives.
  • Specific gender groups were found, for instance in Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Mozambique.

Publishers UN Women

Geographic Focus Africa (Central)-Rwanda, Africa (Eastern)-Ethiopia, Africa (Eastern)-Tanzania, Africa (Eastern)-Uganda, Africa (Northern)-Morocco, Africa (Southeastern)-Mozambique, Africa (Western)-Cameroon, Asia (Southeastern)-India, Asia (Southern)-Nepal, South America (Northwestern)-Peru

Funded by United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)