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After years of broken G8 promises, leaders of the world’s richest nations must commit this week to improving the effectiveness and impact of development aid by sending a strong political message to the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness that takes place later this year, more than 1000 civil society organisations insist today.

“The G8 Summit brings together member governments, who are among the world’s leading donors; the time for moving forward on aid effectiveness is now,” the BetterAid platform of social movements said.

Download the report and compare EU countries’ aid data at: http://aidwatch.concordeurope.org/

Launched in Brussels on 19th May, this year’s AidWatch report – Challenging self-interest: Getting EU aid fit for the fight against poverty says that:

• Aid is becoming increasingly dictated by domestic political agendas and tied to security, immigration and commercial objectives.

On May 8th, the official opening day of civil society events at the UN LDC IV, the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki Moon, recognised the inspiring role of the civil society and called for "trilateral" cooperation between governments, business and CSOs to achieve better development results for the LDCs.

The Prime Minister of Nepal said that CSOs have an important role to play as the programme of action is applicable for the next decade.

Many of the issues to be discussed in the following days were highlighted at the opening session of civil society activities at the UN LDC 4 on May 8th. The Chair of the Civil Society Steering Group, Mr Arjun Karki, criticised the poor monitoring and implementation of the last Plan of Action which was concluded in Brussels, ten years ago. He mentioned that the biggest problems faced by the LDCs include the lack of good governance and widespread corruption, missing peace and security, deficient productive capacity and poor access to finance.

Budget squeeze no excuse to let targets slip

BRUSSELS, 6th May, 2011: The first UN summit for the world's poorest countries in a decade must ensure that developed countries make good on commitments to help the most destitute, a global coalition of over 1000 civil society organizations said today.

“Richer nations cannot use the economic crisis as an excuse not to follow through on their engagements,” said Tony Tujan, co-chair of BetterAid.