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22 November 2018
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Reporting debt relief as ODA: civil society shut out, bad rules to be locked in?

This week at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), negotiations were ongoing about the rules for counting debt relief as Official Development Assistance (ODA – or ‘aid’). As we blogged earlier this year, these negotiations are highly unlikely to answer all the questions or solve all the problems of civil society advocates interested in ensuring that the new rules set the best incentives for eradicating poverty, tackling inequalities and preventing a new wave of debt crises in the global south. However, the negotiations remain shrouded in secrecy.

News & Reports

Media advisory: Politicians and civil society debate the failure of public private partnerships (PPPs) and the implications for the SDGs

As the EU institutions discuss their long-term budgets, and how to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), two important civil society reports exposing the failings of public-private partnerships in Europe and developing countries will be presented at the European Parliament.

Corporations lead UN promotion of controversial PPPs Public Services International

Representatives from companies with a history of mismanagement of public contracts and renowned tax-dodging practices will meet in Geneva this week to lobby for business-friendly UN standards on Public- Private Partnerships.

This will be followed by a debate on whether PPPs are an effective way of financing sustainable development outcomes, and the role of the EU and global institutions in promoting PPPs (see events below).

EU whistleblower protection heads in the right direction Transparency International

The European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted in favour of stronger protections in an EU-wide whistleblower directive that was proposed by the Commission in April. This will serve as the Parliament’s negotiating mandate in the coming discussions with the Council.

Upcoming events

How Public Private Partnerships are failing
26 November 2018, 18h00, European Parliament

This event will be hosted by The Global Progressive Forum (GPF) and Enrique Guerrero Salom MEP, who is a member of the Development Committee at the Parliament and  the Co-Chair of GFP. It will take place on Monday, 26 November, in room A3H1, in the European Parliament.

Register here.

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The purpose of this role is to lead Eurodad’s communications work. You will manage relationships with our key media contacts and will be responsible for making all of our external products – including our website, newsletter, social media, briefings and reports – as influential as possible. Deadline: 25 November

Eurodad: Senior Communications Officer
Eurodad is recruiting a Senior Communications Officer. This is an exciting opportunity to lead Eurodad’s digital communications strategy, including the development of a new website. Deadline: 25 November.

Eurodad: Communications Assistant
Eurodad is recruiting a Communications Assistant to help Eurodad to communicate its research, policy proposals and campaign messages effectively. Deadline: 25 November

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