In 2009, the DAG continued to engage with the Government of Ethiopia in development cooperation and policy dialogue.  In particular, the year saw discussions focused on the Proclamation on Charities and Societies (CSO Law), the humanitarian situation, and Ethiopia’s response to the global economic downturn.

The implementation of PASDEP over the last five years has seen good progress on human development and the provision of basic services.  The High-Level Forum in November 2009 provided an opportunity to reflect on this, and agree that further work was needed on indicators, data quality and results.

On the broader aid effectiveness agenda, the DAG and Government acknowledged that a more concerted effort was required to monitor progress in meeting the Paris Principles, and agreed to revitalise the Aid Effectiveness Taskforce.

Looking ahead, preparatory discussions began in anticipation of the national elections and preparation of PASDEP2 in 2010.