Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action through a gender lens: an international perspective and the case of the Dutch Development Cooperation
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Den Haag :Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, 2009
Papers Expert Meeting On Track with Gender, May 29th 2009
University of Antwerp
With the aim to promote aid effectiveness that ultimately contributes to development changes in aid policies and instruments have been propagated over the last decade. The Paris Declaration (PD) and Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) set out a reform agenda of ownership, harmonisation, alignment, results-orientation and mutual accountability. This article studies the ongoing processes through a gender lens. It highlights the rationale for a gender-sensitive PD and AAA and analyses opportunities and challenges of the different PD/AAA key principles for gender equality and empowerment. It assesses to what extent a gender perspective has been integrated in the PD and its ongoing review processes. Besides an international focus, we take stock and analyse how Dutch Development Cooperation is handling gender concerns in the realm of the ongoing changes in aid policies and instruments.