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Parliamentarians in democratic societies play a crucial role in ensuring budgetary oversight, budgets that in developing countries often consist of a high proportion of international development aid. By ensuring aid funds are accounted for and transparently spent to benefit those who are most in need, parliaments actively contribute to the realisation of the Paris Declaration principles of aid effectiveness and secure country ownership of poverty reduction strategies.

Key Issues: Accra, Seoul and beyond...

The BetterAid platform has recently revised a paper proposing a set of issues to be prioritised, addressed and elaborated upon in new commitments by all development partners in the preparations for the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness 2011 and the 2010 United Nations Development Cooperation Forum.

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English: Development cooperation: not just aid

Spanish: Cooperación al Desarrollo: No Sólo Ayuda
Section 1: Introduction

A recent evaluation by the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank, “Analysing the effects of policy reform on the poor,” finds that the Bank systematically fails to assess the impact of its own advice on poor people.

The Sri Lankan CSO Platform: Public Campaign on Aid and Development Effectiveness is organising a multi-stakeholders' meeting on the 5-6 September 2010.

Venue: Hotel Renuka, No. 328, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri, Lanka

If you would like to participate, please contact:

Suranjan Kodithuwakku: suranjan@greensl.net (cc. office@greensl.net )
Tel: +94-11-2817156

Aid pledges made by donors for 2010 fall short of the promises made five years ago, the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) reported in an extraordinary announcement today. In 2005, major donors committed to increasing annual official development assistance by US$ 48bn by 2010, compared to 2004 levels. The lion’s share was supposed to be contributed by the EU member states. But the calculations published today (February 17) by the DAC indicate that only US$ 27bn of the extra funds promised to fight poverty will actually be made available – amounting to a shortfall of US$ 21bn.