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Tuesday, 17 October 2017
In this publication, the author describes the global approaches to donor harmonisation as agreed in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action. According to the declaration, Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors – including the EC and EU Member State DAC donors – committed themselves to enhance their aid effectiveness. They agreed on five principles to guide their actions, one of which was the principle of ‘harmonisation’. DAC donors agreed to ’harmonise’ their development assistance efforts. The stated aim, essentially, was to make aid collectively more effective by making it more efficient. Aid was considered to be ‘fragmented’, with duplicating efforts at country and sectoral level creating high ‘transaction costs’ – for donors, but also for partner countries. In other words: donors agreed to divide up the work.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Responding to the Commission’s Communication and report on Policy Coherence for Development, CONCORD released a report appealing for Europe to stop harming developing countries with its policies. The “Spotlight on Policy Coherence” report looks at the damaging impact that EU policies such as trade and agriculture are having on developing countries, effectively undoing all of the potential achievements of its development aid.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
For the first time since the Commitment to Development Index was published in 2003, Sweden ranks first in the annual assessment of wealthy countries' policies that boost prosperity in the developing world. Index architect David Roodman released the 2009 rankings at the European Development Days in Stockholm on October 22.
Three to six billion Euros of European ODA is wasted each year due to the lack of implementation of existing aid effectiveness commitments. This is the main finding of the new report “Aid Effectiveness Agenda. Benefits of a European Approach” which has been released by the European Commission at the European Development Days in Stockholm. The report investigates the costs of five dimensions of aid ineffectiveness: the lack of division of labour, tied aid, volatility and unpredictability, and finally the cost incurred when recipient country public financial systems are not used and government ownership is weak.
The European Union-funded Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade (FACT) project has engaged with a local cocoa exporting company based in Honiara to support communities and provide an alternative source of livelihood. Direct Management Limited (DML) is one of the 14 enterprises the FACT project is supporting. By engaging with this company, the project aims to improve the entire cocoa supply chain in order to benefit the industry as a whole. The FACT project is managed within the Land Resource Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community with the goal of increasing agricultural and forestry trade within the region and exports from it by ensuring a consistent and quality supply.
Monday, 09 November 2009
The report and the Reader prepared for the Briefing on “Upgrading to compete in a globalised world: What opportunities and challenges for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries?” held on 23rd September 2009 give a summary of the subject as well as resources and references available online. All the relevant documents from the speakers, the audio and video material (in English and French) on this subject are online at:
Friday, 06 November 2009
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) Committee of Ambassadors have expressed concerns to the European Union on the threats of climate change to the ACP countries, and urged the Europeans to help them combat the threats. The ACP Committee of Ambassadors was given the opportunity to raise their concerns to Swedish Ambassador, H.E Mr. Christian Danielsson, and the Director General for Development of the European Commission, Mr. Stefano Manservisi, in a meeting at the ACP House. Sweden holds the presidency of the EU at present. Besides, climate change, both parties also exchanged views on the recently ratified Lisbon Treaty and its effects on the ACP-EU relations and the global financial and economic crisis.
Thursday, 05 November 2009
The video recordings of the 14th Brussels Briefing session "ACP rural development: why media matters?" are now available online.
World leaders could fail to reach a new climate deal at a UN summit in Copenhagen if rich countries refuse to financially help developing nations tackle climate change, government and NGO officials said at a development conference that wrapped up Saturday. With less than 50 days to go before it starts, the Copenhagen summit was a central topic of debate and discussion at the annual EU development conference, held in Stockholm. "We don't think they'll be a deal without the right funding package," said Jeremy Hobbs, executive director of Oxfam International,
Wednesday, 04 November 2009

As the new minister for Africa, Glenys Kinnock faces security and development issues at the heart of UK foreign policy. The announcement by Downing Street that Glenys Kinnock has switched her post as Europe minister to take responsibility within the Foreign Office for Africa means that ministerial overstretch in the FCO will continue. This is extremely worrying at a time when the UK faces severe strategic challenges in its foreign policy. Lady Kinnock will replace Lord Malloch-Brown, former minister for Africa, the UN and Asia (including Afghanistan). A few hours before he left government in late July, he indicated that he expected to be replaced imminently. In fact it has taken almost three months for these changes to occur, and they amount to nothing more than stretching the existing team even more thinly. If it is simply a matter of "housekeeping", why has it taken so long?