What Is Aid Effectiveness?

Aid effectiveness is about making aid work better for our partner countries. It addresses a variety of the delivery and management of aid and requires the engagement of both development partners and partner countries. While development needs far more than aid to be successful and sustainable, aid nonetheless still plays an important catalytic role for development in many countries and communities. By focusing on supporting country-led aid management, embracing a results-based orientation, forging partnerships across the development spectrum, and encouraging more effective institutions, the World Bank is leading efforts to achieve improved aid effectiveness and, in turn, to support better development outcomes for our partners. Read More ...


   A Global Leader on Aid Effectiveness

The World Bank leads by example at the global, corporate, and country levels: by playing a key role in shaping the international aid effectiveness agenda, including through the high level forums on aid effectiveness from Rome (2003), Paris (2005), Accra (2008), and most recently Busan (2011); through institutional reforms which further aid effectiveness principles, with recent progress in the areas of transparency, accountability, results, and product modernization; through country level implementation in alignment with government priorities, supporting a country-owned and –led process of development; and by bringing these country level lessons and experiences to inform institutional efforts and the global agenda.

World Bank Performance on Aid Effectiveness

The Bank demonstrates strong performance on the Paris Declaration Survey—the key tool for monitoring international aid effectiveness—performing better over time, better than the overall development partner average, and meeting or nearly meeting most targets. Other external assessments (see below) confirm the Bank's strong performance.