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With only 4 years left to meet the Millennium Development Goals, and many countries still far from reaching their targets, a renewed commitment is necessary from both donors and developing countries to achieve progress on fighting poverty and disease. At the same time, wealthy nations are tightening budgets and foreign aid commitments are under increasing scrutiny. In order to make progress on development goals, and to maximize the impact and results of every aid dollar spent, countries must heed the call for better aid.
On November 29th, the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-IV) kicks off in Busan, South Korea. While participants take stock of progress made, or lack thereof, on aid effectiveness commitments from Paris (2005) and Accra (2008), the true test will come in how countries and partners tackle key challenges to development effectiveness and commit to concrete action moving forward. By making clear and measurable commitments on transparency, accountability and results, HLF-IV can not only make aid more effective, but can also take an important step to ensuring that all development resources – aid and beyond – are used to their utmost potential in the fight against global poverty.
To promote greater transparency and accountability, ONE is working on a number of fronts, pushing for improved natural resource governance, greater transparency about budgets and aid, and encouraging donors to invest more in building the capacity of civil society organizations and other oversight institutions (parliaments, for example) so that they can make use of the information that transparency will unleash, in order to hold governments to account. MORE
A Summary of ONE’s Position for the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, Busan MORE
Commitments made at Busan should be carried through and cut across other international forums and initiatives as best practices to guide development activities, improve results in meeting development outcomes in health, education, and agriculture, and speed progress in reducing poverty. MORE
I came away from Busan feeling a bit queasy. Not because of the week-long jet lag and lack of sleep, or because Busan has been desperately disappointing for aid effectiveness. It has not, although it remains to be seen whether it will be remembered as the last whimper of the ... More
Ahead of the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in South Korea this week, we asked you to send messages of support to Secretary Clinton to make bold commitments on transparent and accountable aid. And as part of the ONE Act a Week, almost 100 of you responded! In this ... More
The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness drew to a close on 1 December, with the Korean hosts able to celebrate the delivery of a new global partnership on effective development cooperation. Emerging powers including China and India have endorsed the document, a document that makes clear in its ... More
Sara Messer reports live from Busan, South KoreaThe Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness isn’t even finished yet, but we can already log big wins for transparent and accountable aid. In Secretary Clinton’s keynote address at the forum in South Korea, she officially announced that the United ... More
This week in Busan, South Korea, decisions will be made that have an impact on millions of people's lives. Guest blogger Timo Lappalainen of KEPA, a Finnish international development organization, explains why now is not the time for concessions on aid effectiveness. At the Fourth OECD High Level Forum ... More
The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) is both a global voluntary initiative and a common standard for publishing aid information that aims to make it “easier to access, use and understand.” It was formed following the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action as a way to implement those commitments made by ... More
Secretary Clinton's announcement that the United States will join the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) reinforces America's leadership in making foreign assistance more transparent and accountable. Being open and clear about how the U.S. is spending foreign aid -- where and on what -- will help make aid more efficient and accountable to US taxpayers and will maximize resources to help those living on less than $1.25 lift themselves out of poverty. MORE