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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.

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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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No 145, 19 April 2013

Dear *|FNAME|*,
     ECDPM’s Frauke de Weijer is attending the International Global Meeting of the International Dialogue organised by the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding today. Frauke is also attending the Private Sector Investment and Job Creation in Fragile States meeting.
     Ahead of next week’s ACP-EU Subcommittee on Trade Cooperation to discuss Economic Partnership Agreements, the European Commission’s DG Trade this week released an update on the state of play in the ACP-EU Economic Partnership Agreements.  They also released briefing notes on the benefits of Economic Partnership Agreements and on the Everything But Arms trade preferences regime.
     The EU Committee of Permanent Representatives endorsed the agreement reached on 9 April between the Irish Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament representatives for the new EU transparency rules for the extractive industry and simplification of accounting requirements for companies. The agreement paves the way for the formal adoption of the new directive by the European Parliament and the Council through a vote in the coming months. In a video message, the EU Council President announced that the fight against tax evasion will be discussed at next European Council on 22 May.
     The European Commission and the Commission of the African Union will meet next week in Addis. Several themes will be discussed, such as institutional partnership and development.
     European Parliament committee meetings next week include discussions on the review of the organisation and the functioning of the European External Action Service and an Interparliamentary committee meeting with national parliaments on Policy coherence for development and donor coordination. The Dutch government will present its evaluation on Budget support: Conditional results, review of an instrument to the Development Committee. You can watch all the meetings live online or a recording after.
     And last, but not least, the Weekly Compass is pleased to welcome ECDPM’s newest Communications Assistant Emily Barker. Emily will help us in writing and editing and also brings us her expertise in social media and implementing communication strategies that engage different audiences.
     For more on the latest policy issues concerning international cooperation, with a focus on the EU and its relations with the developing world, see the Weekly Compass-Extended Version.
All the best,
Melissa Julian

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 Afghanistan institutions need to be strengthened before troops are removed
Foreign troops will be removed from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Baseer Ahmad argues that public institutions need to be be made: accountable, effective and legitimate before this can be done, in a blog for the Institute for Development studies.


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