Today marks the launch of ONE’s 2012 DATA Report. This year, the report monitors the EU’s commitments to development and to Africa.
EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs welcomed the DATA report in a statement today. On the EU chapter, which looks in detail at the quantity and quality of EU institutions aid, Commissioner Piebalgs said:
“I was particularly pleased to see that the EU institutions rank in first position on Transparency and among leaders in terms of aid efficiency and evaluation. The report also recognizes a strong push made by EU institutions to demonstrate the value of development work and clearly communicate not only on inputs, but also results. In times of constraint resources, this is a strong encouragement to pursue our objective to use aid in the most efficient way in order to achieve highest impact…”
The DATA report tracks the progress of the EU institutions and the 27 EU Member States towards their promised goals of collectively providing 0.7% of their Gross National Income towards development assistance by 2015. Commissioner Piebalgs welcomed our focus on Europe, saying:
“On Official Development Assistance, while the report rightly underlines the need to increase aid budgets to meet the 0.7% target, I’m happy to see that it reminds at the same time that the EU, together with Member States, is the largest donor in the world with €53 billion of development aid in 2011, which represents more than 54% of global aid.”
The EU and its Member States also promised to direct half of all aid increases to Africa. The DATA report finds that while progress towards the 0.7% goal is mixed, all are lagging on their Africa promises. Commissioner Piebalgs takes note of this in his statement, and offers that:
“In the “Agenda for Change”*, I made it clear that I want to focus aid even more on the poorest of the planet, in particular those who live in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). As majority of the LDCs are in Africa, this push will obviously result in a greater proportion of aid going to Africa.”
The DATA report shows that we have a crucial window of opportunity right now to keep on track towards those targets, and Commissioner Piebalgs agrees:
“This year will witness key decisions that will set the stage for progress in development policy, notably the negotiations on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework. I am pleased to see the report’s conclusions according to which the European Commission “plays a key role in the global fight against extreme poverty” and that EU budget helps Member States to achieve their individual aid commitments.”
In closing, Piebalgs assured readers that “as Commissioner for Development, [he] will continue to call on Member States to keep their promises.” Please ask other EU leaders to protect development spending in the next EU budget and help your country stay on track to help the world’s poorest. Sign our petition here.
* “Agenda for Change” is the EU’s development policy launched by Commissioner Piebalgs in October 2011.