Donors this week have detailed new strategies for their partner nations.
The World Bank is considering new partnership strategies for Macedonia and Azerbaijan. The global lender also intends to double its assistance for the Philippines in 2011, the same year when the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development expects to invest euro500 million (USD695 million) in Kazakhstan.
Meanwhile, aid effectiveness, full engagement with multilateral organizations and enhanced cooperation with civil society will steer Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd’s approach to delivering Australian aid.
U.S. aid chief Rajiv Shah has defended the branding policy of the U.S. Agency for International Development, saying it was “a matter of transparency.”
In the U.K., the British Parliament’s International Development Committee is soliciting written evidence as part of its inquiry into the U.K.s’ bilateral aid program for India. European neighbor Germany announced it will no longer provide fresh aid to China.
Still in Europe, disaster response capacity was highlighted this week as the European Commission proposed a new strategy to boost the bloc’s civil protection and humanitarian assistance. The EU also agreed to yield two of its International Monetary Fund board seats to emerging economies. The European Parliament, meantime, has approved new staff and budget regulations for the European External Action Service.
Donors have pledged USD9.5 billion to replenish the African Development Fund, up from the USD9.35 billion that ADF donors committed in a September meeting.
Antonio Borges – named by International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn as director of the fund’s European department.
Martin Mogwanja – deputy executive director of UNICEF.
Roberta Blackman-Woods – U.K. shadow minister for civil society.
Pierre Vimont – executive secretary general of the European External Action Service.
David O’Sullivan – chief operating officer of the European External Action Service.