The commitment to aid effectiveness for poverty eradication, economic growth and sustainable development is elaborated in a number of international agreements and the work of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). The governments of developed and developing countries through the Monterey Consensus (2002), Rome Declaration on Harmonization (2003), High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness and the Paris Declaration (2005) have initiated a process for the creation of an inclusive and equitable global economic system. Guided by these internationally agreed principles and tools, the Donor Coordination Group seeks to increase the effectiveness of development assistance in Georgia.
The DCG attempts to localize global initiatives for more effective aid by making them specific to Georgia's context. In this process the DCG is guided by the sense of shared responsibility with the government to the citizens of the country.
One of the major challenges for successful donor cooperation in Georgia is drawing up a comprehensive national strategic development framework. The Basic Data and Directions (BDD) 2007-2010 and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Action Plan, along with other sector and thematic strategies, provide opportunities for the DCG to formulate and implement relevant development interventions in partnership with the government and civil society. For the DCG it is critical to encourage national ownership of the development processes and to work towards better aligning its programming with national priorities. In this process DCG also strives to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals are addressed.
Goal and Objectives:
The DCG aims to harmonize aid for greater effectiveness and enhance regular dialogue between donors and the government while including members of civil society and the private sector.
Strengthen the elaboration and implementation of Georgia's national development strategies
and associated operational frameworks;
Ensure greater alignment with Georgia's national development priorities, systems and procedures;
Attempt to eliminate the duplication of efforts, rationalizing the activities of the DCG members to make them more cost-effective. Work together to reduce the number of separate duplicative missions to the field and diagnostic reviews and harmonize support for capacity development;
Explore opportunities to harmonize the operational policies, procedures, and practices of the DCG members to identify the most effective modalities of aid delivery for Georgia.
The DCG meets at least once a month to discuss ongoing work aimed at achieving the above-mentioned objectives. At its meetings, DCG also discusses sector-specific issues and provides an opportunity for participants to voice concerns from other technical coordination groups. The DCG represents a forum for consultation as well as advocacy with the government on identified critical policy-level issues that impact Georgia's development.