Development effectiveness in development cooperation: a rights-based perspective

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 00:00 -- content_manager02

BetterAid launches its latest discussion paper today: Development effectiveness in development cooperation: a rights-based perspective, just days before the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness meets and gears up plans towards the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in December 2011, where the notion of development effectiveness will be key.

"The current system of international development cooperation cannot singlehandedly address the present and growing needs evident around the world,” the paper states.

“BetterAid calls for a new approach to development cooperation focusing on development effectiveness rather than aid effectiveness.”

The paper goes on to say that development cooperation is “assessed for the real impact it has on the well-being of all people, particularly poor and disadvantaged individuals, many of whom are women,” and “not just about providing more financial resources and technical know-how for poor countries. Indeed, [development cooperation] should aim to eliminate the structural bases of underdevelopment that foster dependency on foreign aid, foreign capital and technologies and external markets."

Building blocks for a new framework for development cooperation are put forward in the paper, and will be further explored in a workshop on development effectiveness that BetterAid will be co-organising at the Working Party meetings next week.