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Aid levels show donors far from delivering on commitments as Covid-19 pandemic calls for more and better aid

Thursday April 16 2020 New statistics published today in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic show donors are far from delivering on their long-standing commitments and urgently need to reassess the way aid is delivered to target those who are being left behind. The figures - published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - show that donors spent 152.8 billion USD on official development assistance (ODA) in 2019. In real terms, this figure represents a slight increase ...

New figures show the poorest countries could miss out due to weak aid rules.

New figures show the poorest countries could miss out due to weak aid rules. Brussels, April 11 2017. New global aid figures released today [April 11] have been criticised by campaigners as evidence that rules governing aid aren’t working. According to the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad), proposed changes to the rules could actually make things worse. The Official Development Assistance (ODA) figures, compiled by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ...
This paper has been coordinated by the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad), with the input of various Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). It provides an analysis, with key recommendations in bold, of the proposals made by the Development Assistance ...

Three principles for aid and the private sector

Jesse Griffiths

17 Oct 2016 16:32:59

Originally published by Public Finance International Using aid to mobilise trillions in private money is a hot and hugely controversial topic. Such aid is no different from any other kind: it can be well spent or badly spent and should meet basic effectiveness principles Donor governments are currently revising rules on Official Development Assistance (ODA or ‘aid’) so that the opportunities for using aid to leverage – or more accurately, subsidise – private companies and private investment could explode. This is, of course, hugely controversial, and Eurodad has warned that more care, thought and time should be devoted to such rule changes, involve recipients and stakeholders and be preceded by a firm commitment from donors not to tie aid to the use of their own firms. When we talk ...
The first High Level Ministerial (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) ended on 16 April in Mexico City with mixed messages and a glut of new voluntary initiatives.  This was the first global meeting of the ...
By Jesse Griffiths, Øygunn Sundsbø Brynildsen, Jeroen Kwakkenbos, María José Romero and Bodo Ellmers The European Commission’s recent accountability report and communication on financing for development highlights the importance domestic resource ...

Committee on World Food Security takes step towards pro-poor procurement

Francesca Giubilo

14 Nov 2012 11:34:59

by Francesca Giubilo The 39th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) drew to a close on 20 October. Its final report endorsed some interesting recommendations, including a clear message to support local purchases. Recognising the relevance of local procurement for food security may hint at a positive change in mindset for the years ahead. Based on the High Level Panel of Experts’ report on social protection and food security, the CFS – the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders working on food security and nutrition – recommends that Member States and international organisations should launch programmes aimed at supporting “agricultural livelihoods and productivity for the poor”. In an exhaustive list that includes “production ...

PRESS RELEASE: Donor focus on “results” can lead to ineffective international aid

BRUSSELS, 16 October 2012: The donor trend of making poorer countries earn overseas aid by achieving set targets before the funds are provided often does little to improve the impact of the assistance, the development network Eurodad says in a new report. As the European Union debates its new long-term budget, the success of its Millennium Development Goals Contracts (MDG-C) is a good reason why the EU should continue its ambitious aid programme and remain the world's top aid provider. The MDG-C ...