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On 15 November Eurodad, CNCD-11.11.11 and Oxfam International organised the public seminar “The future of aid and development effectiveness.” The seminar brought together civil society groups, experts, EU decision-makers, parliamentarians and private ...
Eurodad partner ODA Watch Korea published a parallel report for the An OECD DAC Peer Review team will visited Korea in June 2012. This OECD DAC Peer Review  was the first time that Korea undergoes this formal process since it became a member of DAC ...
By Carlos Villota, Last week the European network of IFI (International Financial Institution) watchers – the EuroIFInet – met in Amsterdam for its 20th Annual Meeting to strategically review its last 10 years of activism. In addition the network ...
This report analyses Tanzania’s tax policies and how much revenue the country is losing from tax evasion, capital flight and tax incentives. It shows that, every year, a vast amount of potential tax revenue that could be used to reduce poverty is failing ...
By Carlos Villota, The World Bank is reviewing its operational procurement policy, a process with deep and significant consequences for developing countries. Eurodad will participate in the consultation and we encourage others to do the same. Smarter ...

All mixed up: Council conclusions send contradictory messages on aid and private finance

Carlos Villota

18 May 2012 09:07:25

By Jesse Griffiths 18-05-2012 EU Foreign Ministers issued their Council conclusions on the European Commission’s “Agenda for change” proposal for a revamp of EU development policy this week. One extraordinary contradiction – on ‘leveraging’ private finace - caught my eye.There’s a whole section on targeting of resources, which includes the (sensible) idea that:“Resources should be targeted at countries most in need, including those in situations of fragility, and where they can have the greatest development impact in terms of poverty reduction.”Let’s be charitable and ignore the fact that, in addition to the obvious “in need” countries of Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries, the Ministers slip in “supporting development in Europe’s neighbourhood” ...