This paper aims to provoke a debate on aid effectiveness between governments and civil society in Europe and aid recipient countries in the developing world. As the European Commission launches the Mid Term Review of its Country Strategy Paper (CSP) processes, this report offers a reality check on European Community (EC) efforts in Kenya, Senegal, Bolivia and India.
It focuses on the degree and quality of civil society participation in drawing up the CSPs, which determine how EC aid is allocated. It is argued that tackling the democratic deficit in European aid will make Europe a more credible actor in development and foreign policy.
Implementors or Actors? Reviewing civil society’s role in European Community development assistance in Senegal, Kenya, Bolivia and India, British Overseas NGOsfor Development (BOND), London, UK, iv + 24pp.