What position would the European Union bring to the table at the upcoming aid effectiveness forum in Busan, South Korea? The European Commission proposes the bloc and its member states pursue the drafting of a declaration that affirms existing aid effectiveness principles and focuses on democratic ownership, reduced fragmentation and fragile states, among other specific commitments.
The EU should also push for the broader inclusion of emerging donors, the private sector and civil society organizations in discussions in Busan and in the global aid effectiveness agenda, the European Commission, which is the bloc’s executive body, said in a communication released Sept 7.
Further, the commission is encouraging EU member states to support the expansion of aid effectiveness commitment to cover other sources of development aid, especially climate change finance.
The European Commission explained its proposal for more focused commitments to come out of the Busan forum: “Evidence suggests that most commitments have lacked political support and that approaches to aid effectiveness have been too bureaucratic. In addition, the contents of the agenda have been too broad to keep the necessary focus. The evidence suggests there is a need to identify key commitments to strengthen aid reform and provide a basis for future focus, in line with priorities identified by partner countries.”
These key commitments include country ownership, transparency and predictability, alignment, accountability results, reduced fragmentation and proliferation, and more flexible aid effectiveness principles when dealing with fragile countries, the commission said in its communication.
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