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Kasia Staszewska
This report maps the degree to which European Union donors from Austria, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK comply with the commitments they made in the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action, and the impact this has on gender equality and women's human rights. While each of the five Paris Declaration principles offers concrete opportunities to advance the gender profile, the report focuses on democratic ownership and mutual accountability as the most political and with the biggest potential to reduce the gaps and empower women. The WIDE-check is about the intentions and actions of donors, not about the concrete results in developing countries. The report highlights positive cases and initiatives, criticises the gaps, and points out the opportunities for improvements, reflecting the evidence-based voices of women's organisations from the EU. The countries reviewed in the report were selected on the basis of WIDE membership and the platform's engagement in the aid and development effectiveness process. This report is part of the broader work WIDE has undertaken to ensure that the aid effectiveness agenda moves towards development effectiveness with gender equality and human rights at its core.