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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) ...

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2015 aid statistics: Many EU countries become the biggest recipients of their own aid

Today's OECD figures show diversion of aid to domestic costs in rich countries massively increased in 2015 - with $12 billion being spent in donor countries to cover domestic refugee costs. This overshadows the fact that international aid expenditure increased in real terms but remained at 0.3% of donors' gross national income (GNI). This is less than half of the 0.7% targets donors have signed up to.The OECD must overhaul rules on what can be reported as aid so funds truly contribute to poverty ...

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Paddling against the tide: How the changes in the OECD’s definition of aid continue to undermine global efforts against poverty - a statement by African civil society

Eurodad

07 Mar 2016 12:39:20

This article was originally published on Oxfam International's website on 29 February 2016.  Not even half a year ago, world leaders adopted the Agenda 2030, the latest global agreement towards transforming our world for the betterment of all humankind. With its bold pledge to leave no one behind, and a new set of urgent goals and targets which came into effect at the beginning of 2016, the Agenda represents an ambitious and universal programme to bring the world together for the purpose of addressing pressing and enduring global social, economic and environmental challenges in an integrated way. Yet last week, the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) – the body which oversees the OECD’s aid policy and spending – met in Paris to review progress in its “ODA modernization ...

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The world’s poorest should not pay for the security and defence of Europe

Governments are considering diverting limited aid funds to security and defence, and may also increase the amount they use to cover refugee costs in rich countriesA large coalition of NGOs is calling for European leaders to protect refugees while ensuring aid budgets are only used for poverty eradication and sustainable developmentGovernments across Europe are planning to divert scarce development aid budgets to cover security and defence costs, anti-poverty campaigners understand. Proposals that ...

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Copenhagen hosts major conference on the future of finance and international development

Thursday April 30 2015 Civil society experts, ministers and ambassadors from five continents will meet in Copenhagen next week (5-7 May) to plan for a crucial UN summit that will decide how to finance international development over the next decade. The conference, organised by the Danish development organisation IBIS and the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad), is one of the biggest civil society events taking place ahead of the UN Summit on Financing for Development (FfD) , in ...
First published in The Guardian gu.com/p/47k6g/stw. No one said the fight for a better global financial system would be easy. Last week’s negotiations in the UN’s financing for development (FfD) process, which will lead to a high-level conference ...

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Commitments of the past, present and future.

Jeroen Kwakkenbos

16 Apr 2015 17:23:20

Commitments of the past, present and future. For the international development community, 2015 is the year that will make the future, with several major events determining what should be achieved, how it should be achieved and how it will be financed. New goals and commitments are in the works and a wild assortment of ideas are on the table, but it is important to learn from the successes and failures of commitments made in the past. Past Speaking of past commitments, 2015 is also a big year for the EU and its member states. In 1970 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution which stated “Each economically advanced country will progressively increase its official development assistance (ODA) to the developing countries and will exert its best efforts to reach ...
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Today, Jesse Griffiths, Eurodad Director, spoke as part of the public hearing on Financing for Development held by the European Parliament Committee on Development. The hearing and the forthcoming report by DEVE Member Pedro Silva Pereira will feed into ...