G8 declaration won’t work without effective development aid

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BRUSSELS, 1st June, 2011 – The G8 Deauville Declaration includes no commitments to making development aid more effective, despite this being vital to achieving the G8’s broader concerns. With a key international forum on aid effectiveness approaching in December, the time is now for the G8 to demonstrate that aid effectiveness is a priority.

BetterAid today sends a letter to G8 members outlining this, and detailing concrete actions on aid effectiveness that governments must commit to.

While making official development assistance (ODA) more effective has until now been off the agenda of the G8, it is integral to the broader concerns of the G8 agenda: poverty, democratic transitions, climate change, anti-corruption, decent work, and more.

“The Deauville Declaration shows baby steps towards broader discussions on aid effectiveness, but the G8 must be bold and address the effectiveness of aid for development,” said Luca Da Fraia from BetterAid.

The time for this change is now, in the run up to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), the importance of which was emphasized in a statement by the White House and 10 Downing Street just last week. The forum will follow up on previous events and related declarations in 2005 (Paris) and 2008 (Accra).

Unfortunately, most G8 member countries have not met many of the promises in these declarations, including to increase aid to the extent promised in 2005 at Gleneagles and in subsequent summits.

In light of the Deauville Declaration, BetterAid calls on governments to demonstrate that aid effectiveness is a priority and to fully reaffirm commitments on development. This can be done by achieving concrete actions that:

1. fully evaluate and deepen existing aid effectiveness commitments (Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action)

2. commit to a human rights based approach to development and development cooperation with gender equality, decent work and environmental sustainability at the centre
3. agree minimum standards to support the work of civil society organizations as development actors in their own right

4. initiate fundamental reforms for fairer aid governance at the crucial high level forum on aid effectiveness which starts in November.


BetterAid unites nearly one thousand development organizations from civil society worldwide, and has been working on development cooperation and challenging the aid effectiveness agenda since January 2007. BetterAid is leading many of the civil society activities including in-country consultations, studies and monitoring, in the lead up to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) in Busan in November/December 2011.

Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness is a fully participative global consultation process with civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide to build consensus on commonly accepted principles of CSO development effectiveness, implementation guidelines, and standards for an enabling environment based on human rights, democracy, accountability and sustainable Impact. On the road to HLF4, the Open Forum will be finalizing its International Framework at the second and concluding Global Assembly of the Open Forum in June 2011.

Press contact, BetterAid: Clare Birkett, +32 (0)487270536

Press contact, Open Forum: Olga Kozhaeva, +32 (0)477 68 61 53

Download the letter here: BetterAid letter to G8 June 2011