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After a series of preparatory meetings, heads of state and government are meeting 9-13th May in Istanbul to craft the programme of action for 2011 to 2020 for the 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the world.

Civil society events at UN LDC-IV

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.

Call for Participation from BetterAid member AWID

Submission Deadline: May 27, 2011

Transforming economic power... are you up to the challenge?

Are you willing to move beyond your comfort zone? To question your usual thinking? To engage with actors outside of your every day activism or workplace? Are you ready to build alliances across boundaries so that together we can transform economic power?

Women’s Groups* in BetterAid are pleased to announce an International consultation on development cooperation, women’s rights and gender equality: "On the road again: Feminist visions and strategies towards Busan and beyond", on 9th and 10th of June 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.

On April 7, it was reported that the Democratic Party of Japan's Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery and Reconstruction Study Commission asked the government to reduce the ODA budget for the current fiscal year by 20% in order to secure enough funding for the first supplementary post-earthquake reconstruction budget.