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Building political momentum will be crucial for the way forward — Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation Senior Level Meeting

Nerea Craviotto

22 Jul 2019 18:53:27

In this short blog, Eurodad looks back at the past senior level meeting (SLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), a multi-stakeholder platform established to make sure all development actors deliver on their commitments to ensure development cooperation is really eradicating poverty and bringing about sustainable development. The 1st SLM of the GPEDC was a good opportunity to discuss progress (or lack thereof), best practices and informing participants about the way forward. Yet, in order to achieve real progress in meeting Development Effectiveness Principles, building political momentum, which may be waning, will be crucial in the months to come. By Nerea Craviotto Ortega and Jan Van de Poel Last weekend – 13-14 July – the Global Partnership for Effective ...

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Business, business and business - is this the new mantra for EU development cooperation?

Maria Romero

22 Jul 2019 10:19:18

By María José Romero and Isabelle Brachet (ActionAid International) As the promised leveraging effects of blended finance fail to materialise, the European Union is increasingly focussing on the policy environment in partner countries, based on an assumption that the problem must lie there.  This approach is present in the design of the External Investment Plan, an initiative that allocates aid money to encourage businesses to invest in Africa as well as the EU’s neighbouring countries. The plan, based on three interconnected pillars — finance, technical assistance and policy dialogue — is expected to continue as part of the implementation of the next EU budget (2021-2027), which is currently under negotiation. However, the recently released “Handbook on improving investment ...

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Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation: Will this weekend’s Senior Level Meeting turn the tide on effective development?

Jan Van de Poel, Nerea Craviotto

11 Jul 2019 19:38:05

In this blog, Eurodad offers its take on the upcoming senior level meeting (SLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), a multi-stakeholder platform established to make sure all development actors deliver on their commitments to ensure development cooperation is really eradicating poverty and bringing about sustainable development. In light of donors’ stalled progress to deliver on key development effectiveness principles, the SLM is an opportunity to crank up the political momentum needed to deliver the development effectiveness agenda and the SDGs. This would require donors to change track and put developing countries in the driving seat of development cooperation.  This weekend - 13-14 July - the UN Headquarters in New York will host the first Senior ...

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Les ONGs veulent des engagements clairs sur le volet développement des prochaines négociations budgétaires européennes

Cecilia Gondard

28 Jun 2019 14:01:45

Le prochain budget de l'UE (2021-2027) est en cours de négociation. En avril, le Parlement européen a confirmé sa position sur Instrument de voisinage (NDICI), de coopération au développement et de coopération internationale, qui déterminera la coopération au développement de l'UE sur cette période. La position du Parlement européen contient des dispositions cruciales pour garantir que l'instrument soit à la hauteur pour  remplir sa mission d’éradication de la pauvreté, de réduction des inégalités et de soutien du développement durable.  La semaine dernière, Eurodad et Concord ont envoyé une lettre au Conseil de l’UE et à ses États membres les exhortant à suivre la direction du Parlement dans leurs négociations sur l'instrument NDICI. La lettre s'appuie ...

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CSOs call for a clear development commitment in the next EU budget negotiations

Cecilia Gondard

27 Jun 2019 15:55:06

The next EU budget (2021-2027) is under negotiation. In April the European Parliament confirmed its stand on the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), which will determine EU development cooperation during this period. The Parliament’s position includes crucial provisions to ensure that the instrument is up to the task of eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities and supporting sustainable development. Last week Eurodad and Concord sent a letter to the European Council and its Member States urging them to follow the Parliament’s direction in their negotiations of the NDICI instrument. The letter builds on a 10-point position paper that Eurodad and Concord developed last year on the European Fund for Sustainable Development plus (EFSD+), ...

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G20 – a chance for solutions, or a part of the problem?

As G20 leaders meet this weekend to debate the state of the global financial and economic system, there is no shortage of problems to discuss. For example, the world is facing a new wave of debt crises; continued large-scale corporate tax avoidance; and a desperate lack of funding for achieving the sustainable development goals, including for ensuring basic infrastructure for public services and combating climate change. The failure of the global system is also exacerbating existing inequalities, including gender inequality.  But the G20 is by no means a young and new initiative and while assessing the challenges ahead, it is also important to look back and discuss whether the global problems we are facing have arisen in spite of the G20 leadership, or – at least to some extent – because ...

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Delivering human rights and the SDGs: Does IMF Conditionality pass muster?

Gino Brunswijck

29 May 2019 17:54:58

Last week the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published its Review of Program Design and Conditionality 2018, which provides an overview of the IMF’s lending programmes between 2011 and 2017. While the review includes some positive elements, such as the acknowledgement to improve debt sustainability analysis (DSA), it falls short of fully accounting for the impact of conditionality on:inequalitypublic service provisionlabour rightsgender equality.  It is, therefore, a missed opportunity to evaluate IMF-lending practices against international agreements, in particular the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and international human rights and labour standards.   The review is timely - debt crises are brewing in several low-income countries – and offers the IMF’s view on ...

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Call to action - support the tax justice pledge.

Olivia Lally

23 May 2019 15:38:38

Civil society organisations from across Europe have launched a tax justice pledge in the lead up to the European election, which take place across EU Member States from the 23 – 26 May 2019. The tax justice pledge calls on election candidates to commit to supporting five policy priorities, should they be elected as Members of European Parliament (MEPs). Globally, corporate tax avoidance is costing countries an estimated US$500 billion per year, while in the EU, the annual loss to profit shifting by multinational corporations is estimated to be €50-70 billion annually. In the world’s poorest countries, one type of corporate tax avoidance alone is costing countries an estimated US$100 billion per year. This money is greatly needed to fund public services such as healthcare ...

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Civil society organisations call for the World Bank to reconsider its policy advice on public-private partnerships

Cecilia Gondard

03 May 2019 16:01:01

Over the years the World Bank has developed a number of “guidance tools” on public-private partnerships (PPPs) aimed to support public authorities to implement PPP projects. One of them is the Guidance on PPP Contractual Provisions, which support developing country authorities to draft PPP contracts. Earlier this year the World Bank opened the 2019 version of this document for public consultation. As a response, 20 civil society organisations (CSOs) including Eurodad members and partners from the global north and south and signatories of the PPP manifesto campaign supported a submission to the Guidance on PPP Contractual Provisions.  The submission was developed by legal experts at Foley Hoag, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and the Observatory for Sustainable ...

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Eurodad in Action at the UN Financing for Development Forum

Bodo Ellmers, Tove Ryding, Cecilia Gondard

24 Apr 2019 17:19:29

The United Nations convened in New York last week for the Financing for Development Forum. While the outcome document has been negotiated in advance, the Forum itself offered lots of opportunities to discuss what change we need to finance the sustainable development goals. Eurodad staff and members as well as the broader Civil Society Financing for Development Group made extensive use of these opportunities. Here is a wrap-up of the highlights which ranged from policy debates on aid, debt, tax and private finance to the first ever – but probably not the last – Civil Society Debt Workout.  Eurodad at the #FfDForum