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Brussels, October 23rd 2017. Pressure from a handful of the world’s richest countries is threatening to open up the rules governing aid to developing countries to alarming abuse. According to information obtained ...
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The OECD DAC’s proposed aid rules: a worse crunch still to come?

Polly Meeks

17 Jul 2017 13:18:05

Three months ago, we blogged that it could be crunch time for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC)’s rules on aid. These are the rules that decide how much ‘aid credit’ donors have earned, and hence how they measure up against the UN target that aid should account for at least 0.7% of national income.  When we posted that blog, DAC members had been given a deadline of 26 April to decide on the new rules, which would allow them to report more support for private sector actors in Southern countries as Official Development Assistance (ODA). We were concerned that the DAC was rushing into far-reaching changes, without having built in basic safeguards to protect the core purpose of ODA – poverty reduction. So where do ...

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The OECD DAC Senior Level Meeting and the long road to inclusion for civil society

Eurodad, Erin Palomares, Julie Seghers

19 Jun 2017 13:03:36

As members of the Reality of Aid network, which brings together Southern and Northern civil society groups spanning some 17 time zones, we are no strangers to the challenges of convening inclusive meetings about the need for more and better aid. The “lost connection” icon on trans-continental conference calls is a familiar, if frustrating, part of our lives, as it will be for many of you.   But when it comes to convening meetings with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC), there was until recently an even greater obstacle to communication: we just weren’t invited. That’s why we were so pleased when the DAC said it planned to engage more systematically with stakeholders such as civil society – a move spearheaded ...
The Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD DAC) is seeking agreement on new rules for reporting ‘Private Sector Instruments’ (PSIs) as Official Development Assistance (ODA). PSIs are loans, ...

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Countdown to the 2017 UN Financing for Development Forum

Bodo Ellmers

04 May 2017 10:12:45

In less than three weeks, governments, CSOs and international organizations gather at the UN in New York for the Financing for Development Forum. The forum takes place in crucial times as the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals faces severe financial constraints. Governments’ self-inflicted inability to raise sufficient taxes paired with rich countries’ unwillingness to provide sufficient aid means that development is all too often financed by borrowed money, a dilemma that is aggravated by new donor initiatives that even turn the limited grants into new debt, through blending facilities. In the meantime, developing countries’ shouts for debt relief are getting ever louder. This Financing for Development Forum promises to be very interesting.   What’s at stake?  ...

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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 ...