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In advance of the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Accra, a broad coalition of over 380 civil society organizations (CSOs) from 80 countries put forward 16 recommendations. The intent was to voice CSO critiques and concerns about the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and its implementation and to call for a more inclusive and sustainable development cooperation framework. The purpose of this paper is to assess the extent to which these 16 recommendations were reflected in the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA), as well as to begin to look at the challenges ahead.

As part of its efforts to monitor the implementation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has commissioned the first ever independent evaluation of the implementation and impact of commitments to untying aid. The study entitled “Untying aid: Is it working?” finds that much progress has been made, at least with regard to formal untying , but that much remains to be desired with regard to the genuine untying of aid.

NAIROBI, Dec 2 (IPS) - The High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation kicked-off here Tuesday, with U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro calling for practical solutions and reinforced South-South and North-South partnerships to address the demands of our "deeply interconnected world."

On 19-21 October 2009, the Belgium-based Helene De Beir Foundation hosted an international conference in Brussels - "Global Responsibilities for Global Health Rights" – to discuss the concept of moving beyond the fund for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and separate donor initiatives for health systems. In addition to dozens of global health advocates from international civil society organizations and governments, the conference was also addressed by Professor Jeffery Sachs of Columbia University and former Prime Minister of Ireland Mary Robinson.

Development is about far more than providing aid. Many policies in other areas can affect poorer people across the world. Accepting this, the European Union has committed to ensure that policies such as fisheries, energy and trade do not undermine its development pledges. This Policy Coherence for Development approach was launched in 2005 as part of the European Consensus on Development. Now the European Commission has published a progress report, and NGOs have published their own analysis urging extending and strengthening the process.

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