Bangladesh Development
Research Center (BDRC)
Richard Boucher, Asst Secretary, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of South & Central Asian Affairs
Testimony, House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Subcommittee on M.East & S.Asia, 3/7/2007]
“Prosperity and stability would make Bangladesh a model for democratizing
Muslim-majority states, while a floundering or failed Bangladesh could be a
potential haven for anti-U.S. extremists and have a destabilizing effect on the
entire region”
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The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness centers on improving the
effectiveness of aid via five key dimensions:

  • Ownership: refers to the need that recipient countries exercise effective leadership over their
    development policies and strategies, and coordinate development actions.

  • Aid Alignment: refers to the need that donors base their overall support on the recipient country’s
    national development strategy, institutions, and procedures.

  • Aid Harmonization: refers to the need that donors’ actions are more harmonized, transparent, and
    collectively effective.

  • Managing for Results: refers to the need to manage resources and improving decision-making for

  • Mutual Accountability: refers to the need that donors and recipients are accountable for
    development results.

The BDRC supports the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

Some critical resources on the Paris Declaration:
  • Hyden, Goran (2008) "After the Paris Declaration: Taking on the Issue of Power" Development Policy Review,
    Vol. 26, No. 3 (May), pp. 259-274.
  • The Reality of Aid: An Independent Review of Poverty Reduction and Development Assistance (see: http://www.
Paris Declaration
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