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Governance assessments and domestic accountability: feeding domestic debate and changing aid practices

Stefan Meyer
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This paper follows on from recently completed research that investigated the impact of donor harmonisation on domestic processes of democratisation. The aim of this research is to further inform donors on how they can operationally redirect their day to day work, if the rhetoric of both partnership and domestic accountability is to be taken seriously.

The author highlights how donors are being called upon to avoid the proliferation of diagnostic tools through harmonisation and rely on country processes and capacities and domestically generated evidence. In addition the paper advocates for governments to engage in new mechanisms for transparency and redirect the justification of their policies and public actions from the current outward orientation towards donors to an inward orientation towards an ever-strengthened domestic public sphere.