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The PRS Approach and the Paris Agenda: Experiences in Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua


  • Geske Dijkstra

    (Public Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

  • Kristin Komives

    (International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)


The Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness stipulates that broadly owned and results-oriented national plans will be the basis for establishing national ownership and leadership of the aid process and for improving alignment and harmonization. In this sense, there is a close link between the Poverty Reduction Strategy approach and the Paris Agenda, both of which form part of the new aid paradigm that started around the year 2000. This article assesses the actual progress in the implementation of the new aid paradigm in three Latin American countries: Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua. The results are disappointing. Frequent government changes and the composition of the donor group in the countries are partially responsible for the disappointing results, but the main conclusion is that the new aid paradigm is based on unrealistic expectations about the role that national poverty reduction or development plans can play in promoting the principles of the Paris Agenda.La Déclaration de Paris sur l’efficacité de l’aide au développement compte sur l’élaboration de plans nationaux axés sur les résultats afin de renforcer l’appropriation et la maîtrise nationale de l’aide au développement, ainsi que favoriser l’alignement et l’harmonisation de l’aide. Dans ce sens, il existe un lien étroit entre les approches basées sur des Stratégies de Réduction de la Pauvreté et celle de la Déclaration de Paris, les deux étant des composantes du nouveau paradigme d’aide au développement qui a vu le jour vers l’an 2000. Cet article évalue les progrès réalisés dans la mise en œuvre de ce nouveau paradigme d’aide dans trois pays d’Amériques latine et centrale: la Bolivie, le Honduras et le Nicaragua. Les résultats sont décevants. Des changements fréquents de gouvernements et la composition des groupes de donateurs dans ces trois pays expliquent en partie ces résultats décevants, mais notre conclusion principale est que le nouveau paradigme d’aide est basé sur des attentes non réalistes concernant le rôle que les plans nationaux de développement ou de réduction de la pauvreté peuvent jouer dans la promotion des principes de la Déclaration de Paris.

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  • Geske Dijkstra & Kristin Komives, 2011. "The PRS Approach and the Paris Agenda: Experiences in Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua," The European Journal of Development Research, Palgrave Macmillan;European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), vol. 23(2), pages 191-207, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:eurjdr:v:23:y:2011:i:2:p:191-207

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    1. Cheryl McEwan & Emma Mawdsley, 2012. "Trilateral Development Cooperation: Power and Politics in Emerging Aid Relationships," Development and Change, International Institute of Social Studies, vol. 43(6), pages 1185-1209, November.

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