Final report on the implementation of the EU Food Facility
As a €1 billion response to the 2007-2008 food price crises, the EU Food Facility’s main focus was to bridge the gap between emergency food aid and mid- to long-term development assistance in a selection of 49 of the worst hit developing countries, over a three-year period (2009 to 2011). Although financing was mainly channelled through major international organisations, a variety of implementing partners were used, including partner countries and regional, international and non-governmental organisations and EU Member States agencies. The European Commission’s final report on the implementation of the EU Food Facility
details this implementation and complements a prior evaluation of the effectiveness of the instrument in concluding that the facility has been successful in linking relief, rehabilitation and development
to support a positive supply response from small-scale farmers – though more sustainable approaches should be developed to address vulnerability to food security, particularly in low-income and disaster prone countries.
How can developing countries deliver better services?
Many developing countries are failing to provide adequate delivery of services in areas such as health, transport and sanitation. ODI believes the problem is that practitioners do not have clear guidelines on how to improve in these areas. Their new report on “the politics of delivery” suggests there is too much focus on ‘macropolicy’ rather than ‘downstream’ delivery issues. Sectoral aid and programmes don’t address the incentives faced by frontline service providers who have control over the provision of goods and services, says ODI. The way forward is to create a toolbox using diagnostic tools, conceptual frameworks and empirical research.
Coordinating aid efforts in fragile states
Fragile states are now recognised as a developmental issue. Donors, however, have yet to come up with a coordinated way to help people living in fragile countries tackle their problems. Three of the main problems faced by donors in fragile states - deducing effective instruments and interventions, reconciling divergent political motives for engagement, and the organisational logic of competing aid agencies - are explained in a new paper from the German Development Institute. “All three challenges reflect deeper contradictions among external development actors and thus general problems of development policy, which are particularly salient in the case of state fragility”, according to the document.
The evolutionary process of tackling corruption
Asset recovery from corrupt politicians and officials is currently a hot topic. The issue is also key to those working in development. In its latest policy paper, the Center for Global Development looks at what it describes as an ‘evolutionary process’ in the battle against corruption. Progress has been made in finding and prosecuting the guilty, but more effort and imagination will be needed for changes in accountability and transparency to continue, according to the paper.
Online food security debate findings revealed
What are the most urgent issues in international food insecurity that may not be included in the latest policies? Who are the key and new actors in the global food security debate and how can they participate better? These were some of the questions that a range of more than 90 international experts debated in an online consultation for the Dutch Food and Business Knowledge Forum. This platform, initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to connect and engage different stakeholders to find innovative ways for addressing food insecurity through knowledge management. ECDPM was appointed to take the lead in this online discussion that The Broker facilitated.
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