Aid effectiveness is about the effectiveness of development aid in achieving economic and social development. It aims to improve the quality of aid and its impact on development. IRC is contributing to this through membership of Sanitation and Water for All, supporting the African Working Group of the European Water Initiative and providing support in analyses and syntheses to UN-Water GLAAS report. One of the ultimate aims of IRC is to ensure more effective use of all available resources in the sector towards universal and sustainable WASH services in accordance with national norms and standards.
IRC and the Country Processes Task Team of the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership (SWA) produced this information package to help WASH professionals understand what aid effectiveness (AE) entails. This information package helps the sector apply AE and SWA principles in their daily work, integrating these in WASH policies and practices. This package, comprising of ten fact sheets, was prepared by Erma Uytewaal, Jeske Verhoeven and Carmen da Silva.
For aid-dependent sectors like the WASH sector, aid effectiveness poses opportunities to improve the quality of aid thereby maximising positive impacts for change in areas that need these the most. This paper examines the aid effectiveness agenda and reviews its implementation at international and various regional and country levels. The paper concludes by offering insight into how the contours of the aid effectiveness agenda may be redefined to better suit the needs of countries and realise sustainable development.
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This section contains information sheets on what aid effectiveness is, how to strengthen it and how it is performing. These sheets are used as part of a training module on aid effectiveness. The module can be used to create a general understanding about what aid effectiveness entails and its application in the water and sanitation sector. It is designed for a half day comprising 4 hours of session time. For more information please contact Jeske Verhoeven Verhoeven@irc.nl
Water and sanitation services need to last indefinitely, but the duration of aid is limited. Aid must therefore be used to help local institutions not just develop infrastructure but also operate and maintain water and sanitation services well into the future.
That requires a shift in focus from aid effectiveness to development effectiveness: funding becomes the catalyst for change, aid is channelled through the country’s sector budget, and local agencies acquire the resources—both financial and human—to ensure lasting provision of water and sanitation services, throughout the life-cycle of the infrastructure.
Read more on shifting from aid effectiveness to development effectiveness in this briefing note produced by Jean de la Harpe (2012) as part of IRC's Triple S initiative on making aid effective at the local level.
IRC is an active member of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) global partnership. IRC has been supporting SWA since its initiation out of the Global Framework for Action in 2009. IRC activities around SWA take place under the Aid Effectiveness (AE) theme. Documents on IRC's participation in SWA and the global partnership can be found in this folder.
Since the summer of 2012 IRC started a blog on Aid Effectiveness in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. In the blog we aim to capture and share new perspectives and initiatives on Aid Effectiveness in the WASH sector.
The blog is accessible at http://washaideffectiveness.wordpress.com/
IRC’s activities under the Aid Effectiveness (AE) theme, which is part of our innovation programme, aim to improve the effectiveness of aid within the WASH sector through advocacy, action research, development of policy briefings, dissemination of publications, organisation of events, training and advisory services. One of the ultimate aims is to ensure more effective use of all available resources in the sector towards universal and sustainable WASH services in accordance with national norms and standards. This overview lists our approach, our recent activities and our expertise.