A recent shift in donor policies, referred to as 'the rise in development (rather than aid) effectiveness', is being increasingly debated. It follows the Paris Declaration, the Accra Agenda for Action and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development supported by the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development). However, the academic literature is falling somewhat behind in this debate. Given the limited number of case studies looking into the dynamics of the 'aid effectiveness' agenda in the developing world, this article explores the role of aid institutions/mechanisms in the context of Albania. Drawing on the theoretical underpinnings of aid effectiveness and the role of international (aid) organizations in policy transfer, the thrust of this article lies in empirical findings about aid limitations and, more specifically, the unintended effects of the 'aid effectiveness' agenda on administrative capacity-building as a key conditionality for EU accession and aid in Albania.

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Keywords Administrative reform, Aid effectiveness, Albania, Capacity-building, EU accession
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1057/ejdr.2015.28
Journal European Journal of Development Research
Citation
Karini, A. (2016). Coordination without effectiveness? A critique of the Paris agenda in the experience of development aid in Albania. European Journal of Development Research, 28(4), 741–757. doi:10.1057/ejdr.2015.28