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From the People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS)

Civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations from all over Asia came together and exposed the intensifying problems on food and land that exist despite the increasing stream of development aid from developed countries and international funding institutions to developing countries in a conference held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on January 20, 2011.

After two years of negotiating, the 18 donors of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) agreed on 9th February the final details of a new global standard for publishing aid information. With this format in place that will make aid information internationally comparable, more information will now be better information.

The Trade Union Development Cooperation Network (ITUC), in cooperation with the BetterAid platform and the support of Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) is organizing the consultation: “An enabling environment for achieving sustainable and just development” in Paris from 8-10 March 2011.

A new discussion note from civil society platform BetterAid calls for a radical change in the international development cooperation and global governance system, based on a new approach focused on development effectiveness rather than aid effectiveness.

The paper launches during three days of multi-stakeholder meetings in Seoul, South Korea, on the development architecture. Outcomes from the event will feed into the process towards the Fourth High Level Forum on aid effectiveness in South Korea in December next year.

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.