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Join us for a discussion with Patrick Guillaumont, President of Fondation pour les études et recherches sur le développement international (Foundation for Studies and Research for International Development), Professor at Université d'Auvergne (CERDI), and Member of the UN Committee for Development Policy. He will be presenting his working paper "Adapting Aid Criteria to Development Goals," which argues on both equity and efficiency grounds for the application of selectivity criteria that are more sensitive to a countries "structural vulnerability." Professor Guillaumont's approach leads to allocating a greater share of aid not only to the "least developed" countries, by this measure, but also to small and vulnerable countries or fragile states which otherwise do not quite fit the definition of least developed.
USAID IN THE 21ST CENTURY HEARING before the COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS UNITED STATES SENATE ONE HUNDRED ELEVENTH CONGRESS FIRST SESSION
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Time: 9:30 A.M.
Place: 419 Dirksen Senate Building
In this paper, part of the Innovations in Aid series, Jean-Michel Severino and Olivier Ray describe shifts in the objectives of overseas development assistance (ODA) over time and conclude that it is time to put the concept itself to bed—in favor of what they propose should be called “Global Policy Finance.”
Just after last September's High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Accra, the Economist offered the stark assessment that, the development aid business is in shambles. Sought-after development results are often disappointing to all concerned, deepening the scepticism that surrounds development aid. In Accra, donors and developing countries agreed to an agenda for action, to "take bold steps to reform the way aid is given and spent."
So what are the prospects for these "bold steps"? Articles in the current issue of Development Outreach reflect the complexity and dilemmas behind the Accra Agenda for Action. At this round table, authors of some of this issue's essays will discuss the challenges of making the Accra commitments reality, from the perspectives of the developing countries, bilateral donors, the US and Germany will be emphasized and the World Bank, among others.