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From Rome to Accra via Kigali: 'Aid Effectiveness' in Rwanda


  • Rachel Hayman


Since the mid-2000s, significant strides have been made in Rwanda to implement the 'aid effectiveness' agenda as captured in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. This article explores the historical evolution of this process since 1994, exposing the complex manoeuvring to establish workable practices, and the less visible political implications of this agenda. The Rwandan government is considered to have strong 'ownership' of aid strategies. However, the article demonstrates that the concept of progressive ownership implicit within 'aid effectiveness' discourse is misleading. The evidence points rather to joint ownership between donor and recipient, reflecting limitations to the amount of control over aid that donors will cede. Copyright (c) The Author 2009. Journal compilation (c) 2009 Overseas Development Institute..

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  • Rachel Hayman, 2009. "From Rome to Accra via Kigali: 'Aid Effectiveness' in Rwanda," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 27(5), pages 581-599, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:27:y:2009:i:5:p:581-599

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    5. Stephen Brown, 2016. "Putting Paris into practice: Foreign aid, national ownership, and donor alignment in Mali and Ghana," WIDER Working Paper Series 145, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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