The monitoring of official development assistance flows, and more generally of development efforts, is still poorly understood. Yet it is essential for the accountability of technical and financial partners and for the efficiency and effectiveness of the management of these flows by recipient countries. Good monitoring of these flows corresponds to the partners' objective of adapting their strategy to that of the recipient countries.
The workshop addressed the crucial question of the accountability of partners, in particular the monitoring of financial flows in the Sahel: do we know them? How to coordinate them and ensure that they are properly accounted for? How can we move towards a harmonized collection system to ensure accountability and increase efficiency?
10h00 –Welcoming of the participants
The work of the Sahel Chair on development aid flows has analysed the quality of national aid monitoring systems based, in part, on a comparison of national data with OECD/DAC data. The study shows that while all the G5 Sahel countries have set up mechanisms for monitoring external financing, these have shortcomings in terms of the quality or non-existence of certain data.
The understanding of these gaps, never really analysed until now, although well known to the different actors in the field, is essential. They reflect the lack of a global vision of aid for both recipient countries and donors and a different perception of its role. How can aid effectiveness be sought without having a fair and consensual measure of it?
The session will be introduced by a presentation of the Sahel Chair's review of the reliability of available data on aid flows to the Sahel. It will provide an opportunity to discuss the actions taken and to be taken to improve the collection and monitoring of flows in this region.
Originality et difficulty of the method choosen, lessons from the exercice:
View point on how to improve the collect and monitoring data flows in the Sahel:
The idea that strengthening and promoting the accountability of actors in the Sahel is essential to the effectiveness of their actions is widely accepted. How then can public actors be held accountable for their actions in the Sahel in areas of high insecurity?
This final round table will discuss the challenges of conducting project evaluations in conflict areas and how to adapt accountability exercises to these particular contexts.