Chapter 06: Aid & Security - Field Stories
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Making the Paris Declaration Principles work for gender equality and women's empowerment

Principle 1 NATIONAL OWNERSHIP: Partner countries exercise effective leadership over their development policies, and strategies and co-ordinate development actions
Gender Equality Advocates Recommend:

  • Partner countries should create opportunities for gender equality advocates and national women's machineries to participate in and shape decisions about aid delivery at country level.
  • Donor and partner countries should strengthen the capacities, resources and authority of national women's machineries to monitor the impact of national development planning and spending on gender equality and women's rights.
  • Indicators for monitoring and evaluating national ownership tend to check for the presence of Poverty Reduction Strategies. They need to measure how far these strategies integrate the national gender equality priorities.

Principle 2: ALIGNMENT: Donors base their overall support on partner countries' national development strategies, institutions and procedures
Gender Equality Advocates Recommend:

  • Donors should support partner countries' efforts to align their Poverty Reduction Strategies with existing gender equality and women's empowerment commitments, including National Action Plans on Gender Equality, and to translate these plans into budget-linked and results-oriented operational programmes.
  • Partner countries should adopt Gender Responsive Budgeting as a tool to enhance results-based management and accountability and ensure financial allocations for gender equality priorities.

Principle 3: HARMONISATION: Donors' actions are more harmonised, transparent and collectively effective
Gender Equality Advocates Recommend:

  • Division of labour and planning among donors (e.g. Joint Assistance Strategies) and between donors and partner countries (Poverty Reduction Strategies) should promote mutual accountability for national policies and commitments to gender equality.
  • Donors should undertake joint analysis and reviews of implementation gaps at national and sectoral levels in order to improve dialogue, decision-making, implementation and monitoring of gender equality commitments.
  • Joint assessment missions in fragile states and conflict countries should integrate gender analysis and develop specific interventions in support of gender equality and women's empowerment.

Principle 4: MANAGING FOR RESULTS: Managing resources and improving decision-making for results
Gender Equality Advocates Recommend:

  • Donors and partner countries should invest more in building the capacities and strengthening the systems for collection, analysis and use of sex disaggregated data in aid management as a way to measure the impact of aid on gender equality.
  • Donors and partner countries should agree to track resources invested in gender equality and women's empowerment as part of performance assessment frameworks.

Principle 5: MUTUAL ACCOUNTABILITY: Donors and partners are accountable for development results
Gender Equality Advocates Recommend:

  • Donors and partner countries should integrate gender responsive indicators and targets in performance assessment frameworks for monitoring results and impact of development assistance.
  • Donors and partner countries should agree to assess the extent to which international agreements on gender equality are being translated into national-level policies, and the extent to which these efforts are supported by donor funding.