Using the concept of solidarity diplomacy, Brazil is disseminating its own developmental innovations, including the biofuel technologies that have limited fossil fuels to just 53 percent of the Brazilian energy matrix.
There should be less talk and more action in the Swedish development aid. This said Minister Gunilla Carlsson. She also said that Sweden will no longer give development aid directly to the state budget of the recipient countries.
Development aid is made possible by, and feeds on, the inequality of wealth between nations.
Aid over the past 60 years or so has been based on project or programme interventions with goals, rules and measures of success largely defined by the rich donor countries. The results have been mixed at best, and the UNDP’s Human Development Reports from 2009 to 2011 note that global inequalities are increasing, not falling.
Aid is entrenching itself as the modern successor to colonialism,..
The U.S. Government's development finance institution is the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. OPIC builds upon a known commodity -- our entrepreneurial spirit -- and puts it at the center of our outreach to the developing world.
OPIC is above-all an organization dedicated to free markets, and it has become one of America's most agile foreign policy instruments. It enhances U.S. foreign policy by bringing American for-profit investment into the riskiest regions and proving that for-profit American style development works.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation provides loans, loan guarantees, political risk insurance and support for investment funds to Americans who invest in strife-ridden countries. OPIC helps extend the free market via a commercial enterprise, and they do it all while making money for the U.S. Taxpayer.
I am grateful to serve on the OPIC Board of Directors, and want to explain a few ways that OPIC works.....
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé concluded his visit to Burma on Monday saying that France would triple its development assistance to Burma and work toward a step-by-step lifting of international sanctions.
But the most important of all financial flows are the illicit funds that pour out of so many developing countries, which the Tax Justice Network estimates to be around ten times the development aid that they receive....
Simon Maxwell examines the practical implications of the benefits of measures to improve aid effectiveness at the European level, by analysing the European Commission funded report on the subject by Bigsten, Platteau and Tengstam and an EDCSP commentary by Prizzon and Greenhill.
A new working paper by researchers including Yale assistant economics professor Nancy Qian has found evidence that American food aid to developing countries may hurt those countries more than it helps.
Qian described the unintended consequences as potentially devastating, by spurring conflict between ethnic groups and exacerbating pre-existing strife. The paper also found that the amount of U.S. grain sent abroad depended more on domestic levels of grain production than on the actual need by the recipient countries.
“The China model is more effective. It’s less prone to corruption,” said Sven Grimm, the executive director of the Center for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He said the approach also bolsters China’s economy, because “Chinese enterprises… go out and gain international experience.”
Nicaragua is one of the biggest recipients of Finnish development aid. If Finland pulls its aid, it would be the second European country to do so following President Daniel Ortega's controversial reelection three months ago.
Sandinista government officials are downplaying reports in the Finnish press that Finland is preparing to pull its $13 million in per annum aid to Nicaragua over concerns about the country’s commitment to democracy and human rights.
Where does the Dutch budget for development aid go?
"The OneWorld Where does my aid go?" shows which countries receive money and what they do with it based on IATI information. As well as displaying aid project information, the app informs users about the conditions in the countries that receive aid, like the national income per capita, life expectancy, CO2 emissions per capita, etc. The application also includes news updates from OneWorld.nl.
Spain's development aid has improved, but needs more focusThe GuardianEven though it has since pared back development co-operation to 0.43% – or $5.9bn – in 2010, Spain still plans to meet the international target of committing 0.7% of its gross...
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