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Impact of aid effectiveness initiatives on health, rural sectors to be assessed

Davao City (8 September) -- An independent team will map out the plausible impact of aid effectiveness initiatives on the country's health and rural sectors, according to the National Economic and Development Authority.

The study was commissioned to assess the implementation of the Paris Declaration (PD) on Aid Effectiveness in the country, along the principles of ownership, alignment, harmonization, managing for results and mutual accountability.

Particularly, the study will identify the factors which affected the relevance and implementation of the Paris Declaration, as well as assess to what extent the implementation of the Paris Declaration led to an improvement of aid delivery, management and partnerships. With the use of sector studies on health and rural development, the study will assess the plausible impact of aid effectiveness initiatives on development outcomes.

The health sector study will assess the impact of aid on health reforms, as well as the impact of these reforms to the achievement of the sector's goals such as the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

Meanwhile, the rural development sector study will assess specific programs and projects of the Departments of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, and Environment and Natural Resources in terms of the principles of ownership, alignment and harmonization. The study will attempt to cover likely impact of aid at the sector level and review the following strategies/frameworks:

Sustainable Rural Development Framework and the Integrated Results Framework for Rural Development.

"We have to consider the nature of the aid and its impact on our development process. This will put into perspective the financial assistance given by our development partners," said NEDA Deputy Director General for Investment Programming Rolando G. Tungpalan during a recent meeting of the National Reference Group (NRG), which manages the second phase of the Country Level Evaluation of the implementation of the Paris Declaration.

Tungpalan, who heads the NRG, also noted that the impact of the Paris Declaration should not be limited to the results derived from the sheer volume of aid, but should encompass non-monetary aspects such as knowledge transfers and effective partnerships.

He also emphasized that while the implementation of reforms supportive of the principles of the Paris Declaration started even before the Paris Declaration, the assessment should look at how the PD has accelerated, if not deepened, the principles towards achieving aid effectiveness.

PD is an international agreement among donor and developing countries as well as multilateral development agencies aimed at improving the quality of aid and its impact on development.

The Philippine evaluation report, along with other country and donor reports, will be part of a final Synthesis Report to be presented in the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in 2011 in Seoul, South Korea. (PIA) [top]

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