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AidWatch Report: poor quality in European aid programs

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

AidWatch Report: poor quality in European aid programs

The quality of EU aid programmes to developing countries can further improve and more funding can be better delivered to developing countries, shows the latest AidWatch report published today by Concord, the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development.
The report indicates that there exists an overlap between the Member States and the European Commission aid programs, which results in “expensive bureaucracy and unnecessary costs of administration for recipient countries”. Thus a better coordination between the separate programs is to be desired for achieving an increase in aid quality.
The report also underlines that aid tying (aid that is given on the condition that the recipient will use it to purchase goods and services from suppliers based in the donor country), due to its domestic interest bias, reduces the amount of aid which can actually help the developing countries- “Despite many EU Member States’ fully untying aid over the last decade, six countries continue to tie 30% of their aid,” says Amy Dodd, member of AidWatch and UK Aid Network (UKAN).
The report comes on the eve of the anniversary of last year’s international aid summit in Busan, South Korea, where the EU signed up to a global agreement to make development cooperation more effective.
AidWatch is a group of European aid experts from members of the European Confederation for Relief and Development (CONCORD), which represents more than 1,600 European NGOs.