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World Bank must decide if it stands for development or business as usual. The first round of consultations for the World Banks review of its procurement policy has been completed and an analysis of the inputs provided has been posted. The consultation ...
Eurodad  has produced a new briefing on smart procurement and food security. Procurement is an important share of economic activity in any country. In most developing countries, public procurement is either the main or second area of government expenditure, ...

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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 ...
On 25 October the European Parliament voted through a resolution calling for better alignment of all EU policites to development objectives. The resolution, led by MEP Birgit Schnieber-Jastram (EPP, DE) was passed with the overwhelming support of 561 ...

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EC Reciprocity proposal: a sinking ship

Alex Marriage

04 Oct 2012 16:26:31

By Jeroen Kwakkenbos  Any discussion of trade, whether over general principles or of technical issues, brings to my mind images of fleets of ocean greyhounds following the trade winds to greener pastures and more exotic locales. This is particularly true concerning the current discussion surrounding the reciprocity regulation put forward by the European Commission (EC), to be exact it makes me think of the expedition of Commodore Mathew C. Perry into Uraga in 1853. But more on that later. Reciprocity, though it sounds like a legal thriller purchased in an airport bookstore, is an attempt by the European Commission to force non-EU countries to open their public procurement markets. The target countries of this regulation would appear to be China, Japan, and other major trading partners, but ...

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US food aid contracts: what lies beyond aid?

Francesca Giubilo

01 Aug 2012 12:07:41

By Francesca Giubilo, Is the real purpose of aid to eradicate poverty or is it just another excuse to allow rich firms to raise their own incomes and boost the economy of developed countries? Recent research conducted by the Guardian has assessed that two-third of the US food aid contracts are awarded to three of the biggest agribusiness companies. (Louis) Dreyfus; ADM, Bunge and Cargill, also known as the ABCD group, account for between 75% and 90% of the global grain trade, yet receive the majority of US food aid contracts. So, what lies beyond aid? Food aid refers to a specific category of ODA aimed at reducing hunger and starvation either in the short term, through emergency operations, or in the long term. However, an Oxfam study which assesses the inefficiency of US food aid, points ...
Eurodad in conjunction with Latindadd have produced a briefing on G20 agenda on procurement.Mexico has set out five priorities for this year’s G20 summit. They pick up existing themes of past summits, including food security, strengthening financial ...
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 ...