Working Paper with ODI and IBP
Practical approaches to the aid effectiveness agenda: Evidence in aligning aid information with recipient country budgets
This paper explores the linkages between aid and budgets in two ways. First, it documents similarities among 14 aid-recipient country budgets, comparing them with the Creditor Reporting System of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC/CRS) and the UN Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG) system. It assesses the fit of the latter for practical use by donor agencies. The main aim is to contribute to the development of more comprehensive sub-sector classifications, which may also be movable among top-level sectors, so as to fit around decisions made at country level on sector definitions.
Second, the paper constructs a generic functional classification, designed specifically for the purpose of examining budget administrative classifications. This set of functions is grouped at sector level for ease of analysis and use, but is anchored on the lowest level of the classification. The aim was to review the commonalities between budget administrative classifications and develop a draft set of generic functional definitions that best align with the administrative structures of the countries in the sample.