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21st September 2017
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Nearly 50 delegates from across the globe gathered in Paris last week for three intense days of meetings focusing on the future of development aid.

CSOs from the global south were well represented with participants from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Latin America, as well as groups working on women’s rights, indigenous and landless peoples’ rights, health, trade unions and migrants.

By the end of day one - the General Assembly of Reality of Aid - there was general agreement that the next report - due out in October 2018 - should focus on redefining aid and the changing nature of ODA.

Then it was on to the two-day CSO strategy meeting on engagement with the DAC, and the launch of the DAC CSO Reference Group, A broad network (or coalition) of CSOs from both the global South and North, which will facilitate CSO engagement with the DAC. Kudos to the DAC who willingly entered the lion’s den, with DAC Chair Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, DCD Director Jorge Moreira da Silva and no less than six DAC delegates (UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, US and Netherlands) engaging in “full and frank discussions” under Chatham House Rules. More details and next steps will be circulated shortly.

News and Reports

'Unravelling Tied Aid. Why aid must never be tied to companies at the expense of women and men living in poverty' - briefing by Eurodad's Polly Meeks
The future of business must be equitable - Oxfam launches the Future of Business Initiative
What to think of the EU's Multilateral Investment Court
by Both Ends
UN expert urges World Bank to amend its constitution to effectively advance human rights

7 charts that show how the rich hide their cash by the International Consortium of the Investigative Journalists
Liam Fox visits Mozambique: Calls for UK to take responsibility for role in debt crisis
Ghana’s debt crisis worse than IMF expected, as lenders continue to profit

What lies behind the thinking of those driving development at the IMF? 


Autobahn row hits German election: 'we're selling it off like a second-hand car' - the Guardian

'Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong.' - the Guardian 

 
Eurodad in the News

Eurodad's tax campaigner Tove Maria Ryding was interviewed for a Euronews story on tax harmonisation, and the video report was also carried by several other news channels across France, Turkey and the US. Meanwhile Eurodad's call for a debt moratorium for Caribbean islands hit by Hurricane Irma featured in news media in the US and Germany

Members' reports

'(Em)Powering Accountability' published by ONE in partnership with Oxfam and Sherpa. The document analyses the payments that French oil and mining companies have made to governments, with a focus on payments made to the governments of Angola and Niger. 

'The 2017 DATA Report: Financing for the African Century' published by ONE. The document reveals that the poorest countries, and above all the world’s poorest citizens, are receiving a declining share of global financial resources. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Tied aid undermines the development effectiveness principle that development priorities must be owned by Southern countries, as it takes purchasing decisions away from countries in the South, and puts them into the hands of donors."

Polly Meeks, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer - Aid, Eurodad
Useful resources
Financing the UN Development System. Pathways to Reposition for Agenda 2030.

Openbudgets.eu: the new platform for financial transparency in Europe


Council decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a Convention establishing a multilateral court for the settlement of investment disputes
 
Job opportunities


Eurodad:
Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer / Policy and Advocacy Officer 

The purpose of this role is to help ensure that Eurodad's work on improving the effectiveness of aid is based on robustly researched analysis, with a strong advocacy focus. Application deadline: 8th October.

Read more and apply here.

Tax Justice UK: Executive Director

Tax Justice UK is looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial and resourceful leader to take over the day-to-day running of the organisation. 



Trócaire: Donor Services Assistant

The assistant will be responsible for building and maintaining excellent relationships with the full range of Trócaire’s stakeholders as the first point of contact. 



Open Society Foundations: Programme officer 
The position is a temporary six-month position to replace a Program Officer on parental leave. This role has responsibility for carrying out existing grant making obligations, scoping for new funding opportunities, and managing relationships with other OSF entities as well as potential and current grantees.

Upcoming events

Eurodad side events at the WB-IMF Annual Meetings

If you are attending the 2017 World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings in Washington DC next month, then feel free to join us at the panel discussions that Eurodad and its partners will be co-sponsoring at the Civil Society Policy Forum.  Details of those events are below, and you can find the full program here.  A reminder that the deadline to register for the Annual Meetings is Friday 22 September - the online form is available here.

Wednesday 11 October

11:00-12:30: The Challenges of Financing Infrastructure in Developing Countries through PPPs – A Focus on Contracts and Laws

15:30-17:00: The Role of Infrastructure in Financing a Sustainable Transformation in Africa 

Thursday 12 October

09:00-10:30: Policy and Statutory Changes that Resolve Financial Crisis and Prevent Predatory Market Activity

11:00-12:30: From Investment Promotion to the Next Sovereign Debt Crisis: What Safeguards Against Future Crises?

Friday 13 October

14:00-15:30: Unpacking the Fiscal Risks of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) – What Role for the WBG and the IMF?

26th September 2017, 18:00-20:00 (Brussels)

Booklaunch: 'Unmasked corruption in the West' by Laurence Cockroft

13 -15 November 2017, Zurich

11th International Debt Management Conference

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