As 2500 people prepare to convene in South Korea to discuss the future of international aid, anti-poverty campaign group ONE has called for donors to be held accountable for the promises they make to improve the way aid is delivered to the world's poor.
Six years since donor countries signed the Paris Declaration, which was designed to improve the quality and impact of aid, little progress has been made in meeting those promises. The key challenge for the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness will be to hold donors to account for their past commitments, and to forge a way forward to make real progress in the fight against extreme poverty.
Speaking ahead of the forum, ONE's CEO and President Michael Elliott said:
"With just four years to go until the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, and national budgets squeezed across the world, it has never been more important to make sure that aid is spent in the most effective way possible and reaches the people that need it most. That is why it is crucial that this forum delivers concrete outcomes - and that they are acted upon.
"We know that aid works-we have seen the living proof about how targeted investments can save lives-but we all need to be smarter about how we deliver aid, how we account for the resources spent, and how we empower those living in poverty to hold governments accountable for delivering real results. "
ONE is calling for world leaders to make the following commitments at the summit:
Publish information about aid in a timely, comprehensive and comparable manner, in line with the International Aid Transparency Initiative, by 2015.
Make developing countries' budget processes open and inclusive.
Support efforts to build the capacity of parliaments and civil society in developing countries to hold their governments to account.
Invest in developing countries' statistical capacity and results monitoring systems.
Establish a global framework to monitor Busan commitments that builds on Paris and Accra monitoring, and complements country-led results frameworks.
"There is a real opportunity at Busan not only to revive past commitments about smart, effective aid, but also to broaden our focus. Private investment, natural resource wealth, and domestic taxation can all contribute to a country's development as much as or more than conventional aid, but resources need to be better coordinated and focused to achieve results.
"By making clear and measurable commitments on transparency , accountability and results, the Busan forum can put people back in the picture, make aid more effective and help to ensure that all development resources - aid and beyond - are used effectively in the fight against poverty."
Notes to editors:
1. ONE is a global advocacy and campaigning organization backed by more than 2.5 million people from around the world dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
2. The High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness begins on Tuesday 29th November, and concludes on Thursday 1st December. For more information clich here.
3. ONE has launched a campaign with Publish What You Fund to encourage governments to be more transparent with their aid budgets. To add your voice to the campaign click here.