Joint Cooperation Strategy (JCS)

In 2008, in line with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, GoB (ERD) and 15 donors (ADB, Australia, Canada, Denmark, EC/EU, Germany, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, UN, US, WB) signed a Statement of Intent  to develop a JCS. The overall goal of the JCS is to make aid in Bangladesh more effective by creating common platforms for national and sector dialogues and a nationally owned change processes for improving delivery of aid. The JCS document  was jointly signed by GoB and 18 Development Partners (ADB, Australia, Canada, Denmark, EC/EU, Germany, IDB, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, UN, US, WB.) on June 2010. GoB and DPs have agreed that LCG Aid Effectiveness Working Group is to be responsible to support the implementation of the JCS Action Plan and other related aid effectiveness tasks.
What will the JCS accomplish? The overall goal of a JCS is to make aid in Bangladesh more effective by creating common platforms for national and sector dialogues and a national owned change process for improving delivery of aid. Here are some examples of areas to improve:

  1. Agreeing on a common expected development outcomes at national and sector levels for the coming years
  2. Reducing project fragmentation and high transaction costs for all partners due to weak lead and coordination, including cumbersome national project approval processes,
  3. Improving national capacity for ownership of cooperation activities through improved human resource management,
  4. Strengthening donor alignment to national systems,
  5. Improving monitoring and accountability on results and of predictability of aid flows