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New AidWatch Report launched – EU MISSES ITS OWN TARGET FOR DEVELOPMENT AID: A FALSE START FOR THE EU AGENDA 2030 AMBITIONS

November 24th, 2015
(Brussels 24/11/2015) Action remains well short of ambition in the European Union, a new report by CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development shows. Despite repeated promises, the EU as a whole did not deliver on its commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) as aid by 2015. More worryingly, there is an emerging trend in EU countries to divert aid budgets from sustainable development to domestic costs associated with hosting refugees and asylum seekers.

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NEW REPORT – Leveraging Aid – a literature review

April 6th, 2015

There is a great deal of focus at the moment – political, technical and from a variety of development actors – on the potential for ODA to be used to catalyse substantial and additional resources for development.  Additionality is thus a crucial criteria and determinant in projects using ODA to leverage private investments. Unless it can be proven that ODA funds are necessary to a) make the project happen and/or b) increase the development impact of projects, then they are simply displacing other actors who could provide finance and unnecessarily subsidizing private sector investments. Read the full report here. (more…)

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UK Parliament enshrines 0.7% aid commitment in law

March 30th, 2015

In the 2010 election, all the major parties committed to enshrining the UK’s commitment to 0.7% in law and last week that promise was finally delivered with the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act becoming law after Royal Assent on the 26th of March.

Read our blog on the Act and what comes next – Aid and Beyond –  here.

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ukan logo, 17.10.13

NEW REPORT – Leveraging Aid – a literature review

April 6th, 2015

There is a great deal of focus at the moment – political, technical and from a variety of development actors – on the potential for ODA to be used to catalyse substantial and additional resources for development.  Additionality is thus a crucial criteria and determinant in projects using ODA to leverage private investments. Unless it can be proven that ODA funds are necessary to a) make the project happen and/or b) increase the development impact of projects, then they are simply displacing other actors who could provide finance and unnecessarily subsidizing private sector investments. Read the full report here. (more…)