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Mutual Accountability & Donor Performance Assessment. The Case of Mozambique. Pedro Couto, Vice-Minister of Finance Hanoi, February 2007. Introduction. Mozambique has been at the forefront of developments in the area of mutual accountablity and donor performance assessment.

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Mutual Accountability & Donor Performance Assessment

The Case of Mozambique

Pedro Couto, Vice-Minister of Finance

Hanoi, February 2007

  • Mozambique has been at the forefront of developments in the area of mutual accountablity and donor performance assessment.
  • A system of mutual accountability based on clear targets for government and for Programmatic Aid Partners (PAPs) has been jointly developed.
  • This system is embodied in the “Performance Assessment Frameworks” (PAF and PAPs PAF)
  • PAF (government) performance is assessed during an annual review process involving government, donor and civil society representatives.
  • PAPs PAF (donor) performance is assessed by an independent consultant.
donor performance assessment
Donor Performance Assessment
  • There are now 18 “Programmatic Aid Partners” (PAPs), who will disburse around $600M in GBS and sector programme aid in 2007.
  • An MoU between PAPs and the government was signed in 2004.
  • Evaluation of donor progress on Harmonization and Alignment and Aid Effectiveness issues is a key element of this MoU.
mutual accountability and the annual review process
Mutual Accountability and the Annual Review Process
  • There are two annual review processes related to general budget support. These are important moments in the mutual accountability system:
  • At the Joint Review in March/April government and donor performance is evaluated relative to agreed targets for the previous year.
    • 4 weeks after the Joint Review, donors make commitments for GBS for the following year.
  • At the Mid Year Review in September targets for the following year are jointly agreed, for both government and donors.
  • Targets for government cover all priority poverty-reduction areas as well as public financial management issues, and are coordinated around the PARPA II.
  • Targets for donors are based on MoU commitments on alignment, aid effectiveness and coordination.
paps paf methodology
PAPs PAF – Methodology
  • The PAPs PAF is a matrix of indicators based on MoU and aid effectiveness commitments.
  • Aid effectiveness targets are increasingly aligned with Paris Declaration commitments, although adapted to the Mozambican context where appropriate.
  • From 2006, targets were disaggregated by donor as well as being measured for the group as a whole. This is not to identify “good” or “bad” donors, but to enable donor peer review and to counteract the impact of a few large donors on the average score.
  • Indicators are given a weighting for calculation of the final score, based on government priority.
paps paf structure
PAPs PAF – Structure
  • Average and individual targets are jointly agreed for the following categories:
    • Portfolio Composition (25% of total points)
      • Budget Support
      • Programme Aid
    • Predictability (35% of total points)
      • Budget Support Commitments
      • Budget Support Disbursements
      • All Aid on Budget
    • Harmonization and Alignment (35% of total points)
      • Reduction of Conditionality
      • Use of Government Systems
    • Capacity Building (5% of total points)
      • PIU´s
      • Technical Assistance
donor performance assessment methodology
Donor Performance Assessment – Methodology
  • Evaluation of donor performace relative to PAPs PAF targets forms one of the inputs for the joint review.
  • The evaluation is carried out by an independent consultant, managed by a joint government-donor team and includes:
    • A survey of donor practices
    • Interviews with donor and government officials
    • Analysis of commitments and actual disbursements
    • A score allocated to each donor for each indicator in the PAPs PAF.
  • The evaluation report is distributed widely across government and civil society and is publicly available.
donor evaluation lessons learnt
Donor Evaluation – Lessons Learnt
  • Lessons Learnt from the “PAPs PAF” process:
    • Need for clear government position, in order to define targets, and their weight in overall score.
    • The importance of individual donor evaluation as well as treating the group as a whole – a few large donors can significantly affect the average score.
    • The need for clear definitions (where possible based on those defined for OECD-DAC questionnaire).
    • Clear agreement on scoring systems (e.g. A simple binary “met”/”not met” or a scale of achievement?)
    • Need to adapt international targets to the local context.
    • Need to be sufficiently flexible to allow for different donor systems, while maintaining the aim of harmonization.
    • The need for good government records to cross check data.
  • Donor Performance Assessment is:
    • A tool for government in setting the aid effectiveness agenda.
    • Guidance for donors in development of country strategies and discussions with HQ.
    • An input to donor peer review.
    • An ongoing process – methodology is improving, lessons learnt.
    • A time consuming process – requires significant amount of high level government involvement to have significant impact.
thank you for your attention

Thank You for your Attention.

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