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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

What do NGO think about official European aid?

Europe may be making it easier for member states to fulfill their promises with regard to development aid. The European Commission has published a Communication that questions the traditional criteria used to define ODA (Offical Development Assistance). Those criteria are being closely watched by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In the document “Policy Coherence for Development - Establishing the policy framework for a whole–of–the-Union approach”, Europe stresses the importance of other financial flows to developing countries and at the same time tends to widen the definition of ODA, according to development NGOs. This would open the possibility for member states to take into account other financial efforts, which before weren’t recognised as ODA, and thus make it easier for them to comply with the 0,7 pct-norm for spending on development aid.

Source: Mondiaal Nieuws