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Legal Harmonization Initiative

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The Legal Harmonization Initiative (LHI) is a joint undertaking of several international financial institutions (IFI), including the World Bank, bilateral aid agencies and United Nations agencies in support of the implementation of commitments expressed in the Paris Declaration to improve aid effectiveness through harmonization and alignment. The LHI is aimed at harmonizing and streamlining legal tools among donors and partner countries, including the removal of key legal impediments to harmonized approaches, towards aid effective operations at the country level. The LHI will also provide an ongoing forum for legal, operational and policy advisers to discuss and share knowledge across institutions on legal and policy issues relevant to the harmonization and alignment agenda. More     











Update on the Implementation of the LHI Action Plan



The Working Group on Shared Model Documentation in Joint Operations held its second meeting on December 11, 2008 by audio/video conference. More    

First Roundtable



The LHI was launched at a Roundtable hosted by the World Bank at its headquarters in Washington, DC on 19-20 February, 2008. The Roundtable brought together General Counsels, directors, senior advisers and other high level legal and policy representatives from IFIs, major bilateral aid agencies and UN agencies. More 

Action Plan




The LHI Guiding Principles are: Focus on concrete, practical and innovative solutions; Rely on light, agile and informal mechanisms; work virtually whenever possible; Do not duplicate efforts already underway; Coordinate with other fora working on similar topics. Focus on the specific value added that the legal perspective can provide. More 



Last updated: 2009-05-26




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