GIZ Ownership and Political Steering Presentation March 2011
Ownership and Political Steering in Developing Countries. Ulrich Muller.
Donors increasingly recognise the political dimension of development cooperation and that they themselves are political actors. But how do donors align this role with the interests and ideas of partner countries, and with the principle of ownership? How do donors, working in a partner country as advisors or representatives of an international development organisation, act politically? How are partnership and mutual trust created and maintained throughout the ups and downs of daily cooperation? How does policy making take place in partner countries, and what are the relevant processes to align with if donor and supply driven cooperation is to be avoided? How do partner systems work and what are the real incentives for development oriented policies? Where is the space for improvement within the given circumstances and which rhythm of change should be adopted?