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This document looks in particular at how aid harmonisation and aid alignment has translated to the water sector. This review includes a summary of the analysis and lessons to date and compares experiences with the health and education sectors.

TitleHarmonisation and alignment: literature review
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsDe la Harpe, J
Pagination46 p.; 6 fig.; 4 tab.; 7 boxes
Date Published2011-01-01
Place PublishedThe Hague, The Netherlands
Keywordsliterature reviews, Triple-S (Sustainable Services at Scale)

There is an abundance of literature on aid effectiveness, harmonisation and alignment. However, there is less research available on how the aid effectiveness agenda is being implemented in the water sector. The purpose of this literature review is to critically analyse the published body of knowledge on harmonisation and alignment with reference to the water sector, and to make some comparisons with other sectors, such as basic education and health.

The first section of this review provides a background on aid effectiveness and defines harmonisation and alignment, including the challenges and benefits of harmonisation. The second section addresses harmonisation and alignment in the water sector and identifies lessons to date. The third section looks at progress in harmonisation and alignment in other sectors such as basic education and health. The study is then concluded with key findings and recommendations. [authors abstract]

This is part of the Triple-S (Sustainable Services at Scale) Water services that last-project.


References on p. 34 - 36; annotaded bibliography on p. 37 - 41

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