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Stop Sending Aid to Dictators - TIME

Stop Sending Aid to Dictators - TIME | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

In the postwar period, countries such as Chile, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have successfully followed the path of free development–often in spite of international aid, not because of it.

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Labille et Pielbag: soutenir le Congo et avancer…- Blog de Colette Braeckman

Tant l’Union européenne que la Belgique persistent et signent : il faut continuer à soutenir le Congo et malgré les incertitudes de l’heure, maintenir l’aide, garder le cap d’un soutien lucide.C’est en tout cas ce que le commissaire européen Andris Pielbag a expliqué au président Kabila qui a reçu la délégation « belgo européenne » durant près d’une heure et demie mercredi matin : en 2014 seulement, l’Europe consacrera 620 millions d’euros à la rénovation des infrastructures, aux secteurs de la santé, de l’agriculture, de la sécurité mais aussi à la préparation du prochain cycle électoral.
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Aid in a changing world

Aid in a changing world | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

 

The eradication of poverty and new sustainable development goals post-2015 will be agreed at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, American President Barack Obama and the rest of the world leaders at the UN in New York next year. The implementation of the goals will be at the national level. States will set their own priorities and lead the efforts in collaboration with developing partners.

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Grants or loans: how should the UK provide aid in the future?

Grants or loans: how should the UK provide aid in the future? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
A new report by the IDC explores the new challenges facing UK Development. Three ODI bloggers reflect on its findings – and we want your say.
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Aid to Africa: private sector investment becomes new priority

Aid to Africa: private sector investment becomes new priority | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Rich countries switch focus to funding businesses to help farmers and improve food security under the New Alliance (RT @renegrotenhuis: "@J_Roodenburg: private sector becomes more broadky (US, UK, EU)new priority for Development aid
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Should the UK government promote UK businesses in developing countries?

Should the UK government promote UK businesses in developing countries? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
'Given the UK’s desire to improve its trade links by targeting emerging and pre-emerging markets and DFID’s desire to make it easier to do business in developing countries, is this a clear opportunity to promote stronger partnerships and...
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US foreign aid is shrinking and Americans don’t care

US foreign aid is shrinking and Americans don’t care | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
With an improving economy and clean debt ceiling hike, will Obama bring world poverty back to the US agenda? (US development aid dropped in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
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Future Australia: Development investment not development aid, a new way forward.

In Mozambique BHP Billiton, the world’s largest miner, ran an anti malaria campaign that dropped adult malaria infection from 92% to 5.6%. In the process the improved community health lowered absenteeism in the workforce and improved productivity by an amount higher than the cost of the program. In other words the anti malaria program was profitable! So wouldn’t philanthropic or aid money be better spent in a partnership program rather than a free standing one? Wouldn’t it be better if it was done with real measurable indicators linked to profit? 

Wouldn’t we be better with development investment, not development aid?

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Aid Amnesia

Aid Amnesia | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Jeffrey Sachs has gone down the rabbit hole on the aid debate. He doesn't even remember what it was all about.n the latest installment of this endless and tiresome debate over aid, Jeff Sachs struck back this week at my recent article entitled the "Aid Debate is Over." (Spoiler: In the piece I argue that he lost the argument.) What's remarkable, however, is that Sachs' recent retaliation in Foreign Policy takes very little from his previous writings about aid. These omissions seem to imply his own retreat from the original debate about Big Aid and Big Results.
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Bill Easterly's last answer to Jeffrey Sachs

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Results based aid

Results based aid | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
I was recently asked for my opinion on the links between two common concepts in development: results-based aid (RBA) and evidence-informed policy making. It isn't something I had really considered before, but the more I thought about it, the more I came to the conclusion that these concepts are very different – and the fact that they are often considered to be related is a bit of a worry.
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The Case for Aid by Jeffrey Sachs

The Case for Aid by Jeffrey Sachs | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
It's become fashionable to argue that foreign aid doesn't make a difference. Here’s why the critics couldn't be more wrong.
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Ten broad brushstrokes about development cooperation by Owen Barder

I am discussing the the future of development cooperation, and the role of Northern NGOs, with the policy, advocacy and campaigns team at ActionAid UK this morning.  Powerpoint is forbidden.  Here are my speaking notes. They consist of ten broad brushstrokes about the future of development cooperation.

1. Fighting poverty is no longer mainly about helping poor people in poor countries

72% of the world’s poor live in middle income countries, mainly in stable, non-fragile countries. Two thirds of the worlds poor live in just five countries: China, India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Indonesia.

 

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Fear of disorder versus hope for change: the politics of global inequality

Fear of disorder versus hope for change: the politics of global inequality | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Turn-of-the-year reflections usually focus on events. But this year there is a striking focus on a longer-term trend – namely, global inequality.

Perhaps minds have been focused by Bill de Blasio’s inauguration as mayor of New York City – the first mainstream politician in a long time to make reducing inequality a major part of his programme. Then, two major global figures made inequality their ‘theme of the year’ in 2013. Pope Francis’ ‘apostolic exhortation’ in Novembercontains a number of striking sub-headings, including ‘no to an economy of exclusion’, and ‘no to the inequality which spawns violence’. Barack Obama has also highlighted the ways in which technological, social and political change are creating greater inequality and insecurity within the US.
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This New, Comic TV Series Could Seriously Change The Way We See International Aid

This New, Comic TV Series Could Seriously Change The Way We See International Aid | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Here's the trailer to Kenya-produced The Samaritans.
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Homophobie - Une sénatrice Open Vld choquée du maintien de l'aide belge à l'Ouganda

La sénatrice Open Vld Nele Lijnen s'est dite jeudi choquée par le fait que le ministre de la Coopération au développement Jean-Pascal Labille (PS) ne souhaite pas mettre un terme à l'aide apportée à ce pays, malgré l'adoption d'une loi homophobe. 

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Uganda Slapped With Aid Cuts Over Anti-Gay Law

Uganda Slapped With Aid Cuts Over Anti-Gay Law | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Uganda's government has been hit with substantial aid cuts after the president enacted a severe anti-gay measure over which some Western governments had warned of consequences. At least three European countries are withdrawing millions in direct support to Uganda's government, which depends...
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How does the International Aid Transparency Initiative work?

How does the International Aid Transparency Initiative work? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

What are the processes, risks, costs and benefits of publishing aid information to IATI?

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How much aid money is spent in donor countries? – get the data

How much aid money is spent in donor countries? – get the data | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
OECD rules can be elastic, allowing donors to count a range of spending as aid. It's time to untangle the data, says Claire Provost
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HIV & AIDS Funding: Top 10 Donor Governments

Donor governments increased their contributions to the fight against HIV and AIDS slightly from $7.6 billion in 2011 to $7.9 billion in 2012.

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10 reasons why aid is irreplaceable

Poverty is still widespread, and growth alone cannot eradicate it. So other forms of finance are needed. But does this finance need to be aid? The answer is: yes, some of it does. Effective aid has a unique and important role to play amongst the various possible sources. It cannot be replaced, and should be increased. There are a number of reasons for this.

1. Effective aid can target public services and support private enterprise for poor people.
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Donors cut aid to basic education, focus on future trade-UNESCO

Donors cut aid to basic education, focus on future trade-UNESCO | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
UNESCO official calls on donors not to cut aid for basic education in poorest countries, where primary school enrolment is as low at 8 percent (Is investing in trade better than investing in education for international aid?
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Dazzled in Davos: What Bill Gates Forgot to Mention

At the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the founder of Microsoft and leading global philanthropist Bill Gates, along with his wife Melinda, released the 2014 Gates Annual Letter “3 Myths That Block Progress for the Poor”.  In the letter, Gates notes that, since 1960, more than a billion people have risen out of extreme poverty.  He then goes on to make this bullish prediction:

“By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world… Every nation in South America, Asia, and Central America (with the possible exception of Haiti), and most in coastal Africa, will have joined the ranks of today’s middle income nations.”

 

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Bill and Melinda Gates on three myths about the world's poor

Bill and Melinda Gates on three myths about the world's poor | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Bill and Melinda Gates call foreign aid a phenomenal investment that's transforming the world. (If anything, its really getting international aid in front of the people - constantly.
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Labille : "L'Europe ne peut rater le décollage de l'Afrique"

Labille : "L'Europe ne peut rater le décollage de l'Afrique" | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
L'Europe (et les Européens, jeunes comme politiques) ne peut rater le décollage de l'Afrique, déclare Jean-Pascal Labille, ministre de la Coopération.Jean-Pascal Labille (PS) est pour 6 mois encore le ministre belge de la Coopération au développement. Il nous livre son regard sur celle que la Belgique et l'Europe entretiennent avec l'Afrique puisque, dit-il, les " destins de nos continents sont liés ". La plus grande protection sociale et la mise en place d'une déclinaison africaine du Plan Marshall trônent en tête de ses priorités. Il oscille pour ce faire entre l' " audace " et le " devoir d'au moins tout faire pour parvenir à engranger des avancées en matière de développement ". Et dans ce concert des nations, quelle est la place des jeunes ?
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'The Donors’ Dilemma' - What is the future of International Development? by Simon Maxwell

'The Donors’ Dilemma' - What is the future of International Development? by Simon Maxwell | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The future of development cooperation is in flux. In the OECD/DAC, donors debate the definition of official development assistance. In the UN, countries of all levels of income debate the financing of post-2015 development and environment goals.
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