Project Profile

Joint Evaluation of the Paris Declaration, Phase 2

Client // Paris Declaration Secretariat, DIIS
Country // Global
Date // 2009-2011

The global Paris Declaration is a joint international statement on aid effectiveness. Over 120 countries and over 30 international organisations are currently signatories to the Declaration. The Declaration provides a practical roadmap for improving aid effectiveness, with specific targets to be met by 2010.

In order to understand what the Declaration has achieved for aid effectiveness, the OECD-DAC developed a comprehensive evaluation strategy. Phase 1 of this focused on ways of improving the implementation of the Declaration. Its findings were presented at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Accra in September 2008. Phase 2 of the Evaluation was delivered from September 2009 to June 2011, and was led by a multinational IOD PARC team headed by Bernard Wood (Team Leader) and Julian Gayfer (Project Director); the broader Core Evaluation Team consisted of Julia Betts (UK), Florence Etta (Nigeria), Dorte Kabell (Denmark), Naomi Ngwira (Malawi), Francisco Sagasti (Peru) and Mallika Samaranayake (Sri Lanka).
The Phase 2 Evaluation was tasked to assess the Paris Declaration’s contribution to aid effectiveness and development results. The Evaluation was published on 6th June 2011, and is available in English, French and Spanish:
The findings of the Evaluation were presented at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea in December 2011.

The following video was produced by Danish AV Production for the Paris Declaration Evaluation Secretariat.

An Evaluation Insight: Effective Institutions and Good Governance for Development was developed by Julia Betts and Helen Wedgwood in December 2011.

Evaluation of the Evaluation

Given the importance of the evaluation, an independent assessment – a meta evaluation – of the evaluation process was also commissioned to determine whether the evaluation met generally accepted standards of quality, and to identify strengths, weaknesses, and lessons. The report, by Michael Quinn Patton and Jean Gornick, can be downloaded here: