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Thursday, 08 March 2012

'Agenda for change': To lead to unfortunate outcomes ?

As ‘Agenda for change’  puts forward  some changes regarding  EU development assistance, aid to impoverished in emerging countries could face cuts in favour of the world’s neediest nations. According to an article published by EuroActiv, charity and human rights groups welcome Europe's continued commitment to developing countries. However, they fear draft EU proposals could harm efforts to finance water, sanitation and other projects in Latin America, Asia and possibly some sub-Saharan African countries.
Speaking of the ‘Agenda for Change,  Catarina de Albuquerque , UN’s first special rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation, says that  “[it] can be detrimental for the progress of rights” if it leaves some poor communities vulnerable. “I’m not saying the intentions are bad, I’m saying the outcomes are bad,”  she adds.
Last October, Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs unveiled plans to overhaul overseas development assistance to better help in the poorest and most vulnerable countries, many of them in sub-Saharan Africa. Foreign and development ministers from the 27 EU countries acknowledged in May 2011 that water is a critical area because scarcity affects food and energy production and contributes to a range of health problems. Draft Council conclusions to be presented under the current Danish EU presidency endorse plans to re-direct aid from middle-income countries to address water and other human needs.

Source: EurActiv