Thursday, June 24, 2010

Debating country ownership in foreign aid _ Ethiopia

Written on June 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm by Sarah Arnquist
Debating country ownership in foreign aid
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In the last week, two forums tackled the issues around country ownership in development and health.

Center for Global Development panel on country ownership.The Center for Global Development hosted a session Monday called “What is Country Ownership anyway? Rethinking Global Health Partnerships.” Ethiopia Health Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus lectured on the importance of nations developing their own plans and for donors to respect them. “Country ownership is about who chooses,” he said.

Mead Over summarized the discussion around corruption, transparency and accountability.

Global Health Conference session on country ownership.Oxfam America and Management Sciences for Health cohosted a panel on country ownership last week at the Global Health Council Conference in Washington. The event included representatives from Cambodia, Mozambique, Nigeria and the U.S. Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator.

Both panels wrestled over what exactly is meant by “country ownership.” Does it include lower levels of government and civil society and to which constituents they were accountable?

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