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Wednesday, 07 December 2011

The EU: with potential to ensure the Global Partnership is running

In the aftermath of the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, European NGOs voice criticism of EU’s performance. Natalia Alonso, Head of Oxfam International EU office in Brussels, says that the EU "allowed a watered-down agreement on global aid reform to accommodate geopolitical agendas". She adds that the summit unfortunately turned to be "a conversation between Northem and Southern donors about what kind of aid they want to give".

Alonso underlines that European NGOs expected leaders "to endorse a global system of checks" aiming at improving the way donors provide foreign assistance and fostering aid transparency. "Europe should not use the economic crisis as an excuse for not to meet their promises to the world’s poorest", she claims. Nevertheless she adds that "the EU certainly has the potential to play a stronger role in the next six months to ensure the Global Partnership launched in Busan is up and running soon".

Though the EU went to Busan with a decisive focus on strengthening developing countries' ownership and accountability, NGOs express concern about the final declaration as they consider that it is just a roadmap lacking binding commitments.

 

Source: Euractiv