EC report: despite crisis EU must deliver on aid commitments
As a whole, the EU has kept up progress on its aid pledges, but the situation differs greatly between Member States, the EU Accountability Report 2012 on Financing for Development finds. Together with this report, the EU published a Communication proposing further action to reach agreed EU aid targets, such as spending 0,7% of GNI for development by 2015. In view of the fact that domestic resources mobilisation, not aid flows, is the largest source of development finance, Europe is “considering ways to provide greater emphasis to this area, notably as part of budget support operations”. Innovative financing, such as blending, is seen as “essential”.
Accountability support needs new principles
Aiming at improving donor support to domestic accountability, the OECD DAC commissioned studies to “explore the realities of aid”. Findings from four case studies in Africa and Latin America are supposed to help donors find better ways to support institutions to strengthen citizen-states relations in partner countries. Evidence from these cases shows that support activities tended to work in isolation and target single actors, risking to unbalance accountability systems. It points to the need to see “a dynamic, multi actors system” and to go beyond traditional approaches to accountability assistance by building links between actors and forming coalitions of change that involve civil society, the media, parliaments and others. The report provides recommendations for future programming of donor support and in-country implementation.
Swazi farmers could again be hard hit by EU CAP reform
When the EU reformed its sugar trade regime in 2006, it reduced the reference price for sugar by 36%. This drop affected sugarcane producers in the 18 ACP countries, which had preferential access to the EU. Swaziland, a significant sugar exporter whose economy is highly dependent on the industry was hard hit, experiencing labour losses and welfare rollback. To cushion this impact, the EU agreed an Aid for Trade Programme - the Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol. A new ECDPM Discussion Paper analysing Swaziland’s experience reveals deficiencies in the practices of EU aid delivery. It warns that the upcoming reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy, comprising further changes of sugar policy, could undermine the positive effects of the Aid for Trade programme.
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