Paris declaration on aid effectiveness: Public procurement reforms in African sub-Saharan countries

Stephanie Lackert

Student thesis: Master thesis


The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (2005) as the most recent international agreement is setting forth an action oriented roadmap to enhance aid effectiveness. Promoting principles of increased country ownership, alignment around partner countries‟ development strategies and harmonization of donor practices, together with a focus on mutual accountability and managing for results, I argue that the Paris Declaration makes an attempt to build a new international aid regime. The purpose of this thesis paper is to build an analytical framework with help of which I intend to assess the effectiveness of the Paris Declaration within public procurement in Sub-Saharan countries. Effectiveness in this paper relates to the extent to which existing principles, norms and rules are being translated into operational practice by Paris Declaration members. The final conclusions suggest that the Paris Declaration is more concrete than previous policy agreements in how goals and targets are to be achieved. The in-built monitoring mechanism and continuous follow up meetings contribute to keep focus amongst regime members. Nevertheless did behavioral changes only take place to a limited extent due to a variety of impediments that hinder the Paris Declaration in reaching its full potential. More specifically, analysis findings revealed that (1) the absence of compliance mechanisms can result in policy goals being overruled by organizational goals, (2) business interests of member states act as a show-stopper to the full implementation of the Paris Declaration within public procurement and (3) a high level of corruption can prevent Sub-Saharan countries from adhering to the Paris Declaration in relation to the creation of reliable public procurement systems. Based on the findings, I could categorize the emerging PD regime as a „Dead Letter Regime‟ with tendencies towards a „Classic Regime‟. This classification implies a limited effectiveness of the Paris Declaration within public procurement in African Sub-Saharan countries.

EducationsMSc in Business, Language and Culture, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2009
Number of pages103