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Aid Management Platform
Institution: Ministry of Finance
Theme: Institution and HR Management
Implementation Date: Jan 01, 2003
Summary: In February 2003, Ethiopia addressed international donors gathered in Rome for the High-Level Forum on Harmonization. The Government was trying to implement a comprehensive poverty reduction programme, including a plan to build the capacity of the public sector to carry out the programme; however, aid management practices in use in Ethiopia were hindering its development.

As the Forum ended, the donors made a pledge: the Rome Declaration on Harmonization. They committed to a new aid framework that would rely increasingly on developing countries’ own administrative systems while also developing common approaches among themselves, simplifying their procedures and improving their exchanges of information.

The Government of Ethiopia works with a large number of donors in establishing their national budgets and in managing development programmes. The work is made more challenging by donors’ differing reporting procedures, rules and regulations. The resulting mountain of paperwork can overwhelm the already weak administrative capacity of many countries.

The Aid Management Platform is an information-sharing tool that allows governments of developing countries to streamline their handling of international aid. Aid Management Platform software provides a virtual workspace where governments and their donors can share aid information.

This tool was customized for and deployed to Ethiopia by the Development Gateway Foundation.

Impact: The Aid Management Platform has assisted the Government of Ethiopia to streamline its aid management and reporting. It has also improved the way that development resources are coordinated with national priorities while facilitating the harmonization of donor aid processes. Other benefits from the use of the platform are an increase in transparency, a reduced administrative burden and the creation of an enabling environment for closer coordination with donors.

The Government of Ethiopia now has a Web-based tool that has created a process for standardizing, uploading and retrieving data. The result is that it can consolidate information and undertake detailed analysis, reporting, scenario-building, scheduling and knowledge management.

Source: Gateway Foundation
Project Home URL: http://www.developmentgateway.org

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