In-country training courses:


The journey from Paris over Accra

to more effective development in your country


The concepts and aid architecture underpinning how development assistance  is conceived, planned, delivered and evaluated has changed drastically over the last decade. Development cooperation is today based on the principles of the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action focusing on achieving the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. The current trends in development assistance - towards budget support and sector wide support based on harmonised donor support aligned to national policies, systems and capacities - have led to an increased focus on national ownership.

National ownership can only be achieved if the stakeholders  are conversant with the present development cooperation agenda and the application of the principles expressed in the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action.

In many cases the ambition of achieving nationally driven development interventions is hampered by insufficient knowledge among national stakeholders about the present development agenda. The effectiveness of donor supported programmes is for this reason negatively affected.


Donor representatives and top officials in most Ministries of Finance and Planning in partner countries are generally well versed in the content of the agenda, but this may not be the case for officials in sector ministries, major independent public institutions (parliament, ombudsman, the election commission etc.) or other important partners in  development cooperation.

This five day course targets key decision makers and staff in sector institutions and organisations - who are involved in present or entering into planning a new engagement with donors - based on the aid effectiveness agenda. This brief course provides key partners – counterparts – with a quick overview and understanding of the present trends – the lingo, the concepts, and the thinking. 


The learning objectives are that the participants by the end of the course have acquired an understanding of current trends in development cooperation and, based on this, have developed an understanding of contemporary approaches to capacity assessment and organisational development, and how these affect their organisations.


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1½ day: Introduction to the international development cooperation agenda

  • The Journey from Monterey to Accra, via Rome and Paris. The development and history of the aid effectiveness agenda.  The “why” and “how”.
  • The various aspects of the Paris Declaration - as illustrated in the pyramid below - will be presented and discussed:
  • The key principles agreed in the Accra Agenda for Action
    • Ownership based on alignment to country systems and enhanced accountability through involvement of parliaments and civil society organisations.
    • Partnerships based on mutual transparency and predictability.
    • Untying of aid and reduction of aid fragmentation.

2 days: Introduction to contemporary approaches to capacity assessment and development

  • Current approaches to capacity assessment and strategies for capacity development.
  • Introduction to results-based management and monitoring.
  • State and quality of the national development strategies, MTEF and democratic ownership in your country – including discussion of participation, governance, decentralisation, civil society etc. 
  • Financial management – corruption, procurement, auditor general, budget control, etc.

1½ day: Application of development agenda and capacity development to the national context 

  • What are the key challenges in your country and in your sector?
  • Identification of thematic issues critical to the current development agenda in your country and sector.
  • How can the aid effectiveness agenda and capacity development approaches be used to strengthen national ownership of donor supported programmes?
  • Elaboration of a practical action plan for the application in your organisation.
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Course consultants

3 experienced international consultants have together developed training courses in aid effectiveness, Programme Based Approach, Capacity Development and change management.

Capacity Trust
INKA Consult