Donors have announced concrete support for countries coming out of political crises.
The World Bank has committed some $500 million in budget support for Tunisia. The budget aid, which is expected to leverage an additional $700 million from other donors, will support reforms to promote freedom of association, access to information, transparency in public procurement, beneficiary participation in service delivery, and retraining of unemployed workers in the Arab country.
For Ivory Coast, the Washington-based lender has signaled it is ready to re-engage with the African state following Laurent Gbagbo’s arrest. France has offered to provide €400 million ($579.3 million) worth of aid, while the European Union has also announced a €180 million recovery package for the African nation. The French Development Agency has also approved a loan of €350 million to help Ivory Coast recover from its recent political crisis and bolster the economy.
In Australia, some foreign aid programs are proposed to be “cut, amalgamated or consolidated” following a sweeping review of the country’s overseas development funding. Meanwhile, France’s new framework for development cooperation is targeting countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Mediterranean.
The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation intends to hire more experts to improve the delivery of Spain’s development aid, while the Millennium Challenge Corp. is looking to sign subsequent compacts with countries that have successfully concluded their first compacts but has noted that it will be selective in the process.
Manoj Juneja – new deputy director-general for operations of the Food and Agriculture Organization
Joseph Torsella – confirmed as U.S. representative for United Nations management and reform
Jimmy Smith – director-general at the International Livestock Research Institute
Nils Daulaire – confirmed as U.S. representative to the World Health Organizations’ board of directors