Fragile States' Voice Beginning to Have Impact on Global Aid Talks

    Ahead of a high-level forum on aid effectiveness, fragile states are beginning to have their voices heard on the international scene, with a number of multilateral organizations now soliciting thier input on how to best provide aid, journalist Matt Crook says.

    “Bodies like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have said that while the international system is slow to move, major players – the U.N., the World Bank, the [International Monetary Fund] – are finally starting to listen to what the [Group of 7+ fragile states] has to say,” Crook writes in the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters” blog.

    The group, which now includes 17 fragile and conflict states, met for the first time in Timor-Leste a year ago and has since been meeting on the sidelines of major summits, such as the U.N. Millennium Development Goals review in September, to compare notes and discuss concerns on how massive amounts of aid has been spent on state building and peace building over the years, Crook says.

    He adds that the group’s confidence has grown over the year and its voice starting to make an impact.

    “With a year of consolidation under its belt, the group has the attention of major organizations, which now see they have to give fragile states a platform,” Crook adds, while noting that 2011 could be a “turning point for many of the world’s poorest nations.”

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.