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The creation of a common standard for publishing how much and for what donors are giving countries is one step closer to becoming a reality. The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), set up by donors in September 2008 at the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, has managed to secure agreement from its 18 donor signatories to roll-out the first of three phases of standardised information on their aid flows. The first phase must be implemented by all signatories before the next High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan (Korea) in December 2011.

The Executive Committee of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-EFF), which co-ordinates the Working Party’s work, met in July. Issues discussed included the implementation of the aid effectiveness commitments- the Paris Declaration (PD) and the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) at country level, how the different working groups (clusters) in the WP-EFF can input into the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) scheduled for December 2011.

With the G20 and G8 communiqués from their meetings in Canada last week failing to mention past promises to meet long-standing aid commitments, in a statement civil society platform BetterAid urges the UN-Development Cooperation Forum (UN-DCF), meeting today and tomorrow in New York to seize the chance to deliver where the G20 and G8 have failed.

The Task Force on Procurement, part of the OECD-hosted Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP EFF), met in Nairobi on May 3-5, for the first time after the Accra High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. About 50 experts and practitioners from donor and recipient countries, international organisations and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) discussed procurement system reform in developing countries, and the use of country systems by donors. The DAC event was followed by a second conference that dealt with social accountability in procurement.

A chance for new solidarity

The Institute of Global Responsibility has conducted a simple analysis of the European Commission’s Spring Package in the context of Polish aid. The analysis is also useful to those countries where ODA faces similar problems to Polish ODA.