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On May 21-22, 2007, the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank Institute (WBI) jointly organized a two-day consultation for the donor community to share recent experience and lessons learned on parliamentary development, with a focus on financial accountability. The first day of the consultation shared recent reviews and evaluations on parliamentary development programmes and discussed measures and standards around parliamentary performance. The second day of the consultation focused on lessons learned in strengthening the role of parliaments to ensure financial accountability and budget oversight – a topic that is  receiving increased attention given the desire of donors to improve aid effectiveness through greater reliance on general budget support. The consultation closed with participants endorsing mechanisms for moving forward.