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Aid Effectiveness

VOICE’s campaign for aid effectiveness began in 2003 with the objective of helping to form a national economic policy independent of bilateral and multilateral imposition. As the campaign progressed it became clear that the conditions tied to the aid were major factors in affecting multilateral policy. Aid conditionality does not favour development or the priorities of the people; rather, it hinders the formation of independent policies through interference in the political, democratic, and socio-economic spheres.

In 2005 VOICE became directly involved in the agenda of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, which proposed a more functional approach to aid based on 5 principles: ownership, alignment, harmonization, managing for results and mutual accountability. Joining the Reality of Aid coalition in 2005, VOICE started focusing its activities on issues of democratic ownership and aid conditionality at the grassroots level. In addition, VOICE is one of the founding members of the Aid Accountability Group, formed in 2007 with an aim to broaden our campaign by involving other CSOs, stakeholders, donors and government bodies in the process of mutual commitment to more effective aid. VOICE is also the only organization to have translated the entire Paris Declaration, as well as the Harmonization Action Plan and the CSO Position paper, into Bengali.
Rather than focus on poverty reduction, VOICE believes in attacking the root causes of poverty by upholding social and economic justice. Poverty in itself is not the major problem; rather, the problem stems from the lack of authority and ownership people have over their own resources. VOICE stands against any economic structure that creates poverty and injustice through unjust policy impositions.

Demand for Donors to Bangladesh :
> In the spirit of honesty, transparency and good governance, provide the public of Bangladesh with the following data for every project funded:
> The percentage of project funds which are believed to have been lost due to corruption at different levels;
> A breakdown of which groups are the immediate recipients of the funds (e.g. donor country citizens, local consultants, different income
groups in Bangladesh);
> An independently conducted benefit incidence analysis giving a breakdown of who are the ultimate beneficiaries of the project;
> A clear statement of the specific conditionalities for the project;
> A signed declaration stating whether disbursement of the project funds may be used as leverage for other concessions or favours from the Government of Bangladesh.

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