Key findings of the 2010 mutual accountability survey (MA-study)

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Publication Date: 
01 September 2010
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This brief summarizes the key findings of a survey to review status and progress in advancing mutual accountability mechanisms and aid transparency initiatives at country level. The survey was conducted in the spring of 2010 to inform the 2010 Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) and the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals in September 2010. Building on its lessons, a second survey will be conducted in the spring of 2011 to provide more in-depth information on the impact of mutual accountability on provider behaviour and development results and to promote better understanding and engagement with non-executive stakeholders, including parliamentarians and civil society.

The 2010 survey aimed at assessing the perspectives of national government, donor agencies, parliamentarians, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders regarding the state of mutual accountability (MA) in the country. The exercise brought together comprehensive responses from 70 countries worldwide, building on particularly strong engagement in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. The survey benefitted from UN country offices’ support in completing the survey and organizing meetings to agree on responses in some countries (see methodology below for details). The analytical report summarized in this brief led to a revision of the Indicator 12 question for the 2011 Paris Declaration Monitoring Survey. It also strengthened the DCF’s position as an independent global mutual accountability mechanism and a platform for frank discussion on the quality of aid.