The Reality of Aid Network (RoA) is the only major North/South international non-governmental initiative focusing exclusively on analysis and lobbying for poverty eradication policies and practices in the international aid regime. It brings together 172 member organizations, including more than 40 civil society regional and global networks, working in the field of international cooperation in the 21 donor countries of the OECD, and in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and in the Asia/Pacific. The Reality of Aid builds on a nineteen-year track record of independent assessment of aid policies and practices, accompanied by constructive dialogue with policy makers at national and international levels.
As the recognized CSO network on global aid reform, RoA has established a significant and credible civil society dialogue on aid and international cooperation issues with the OECD Development Assistance Committee’s (DAC) Working Party on Aid Effectiveness, which organized the High Level Forum III (HLF3) in Accra in September 2008, and also with the UN Development Cooperation Forum.
To provide reliable and well-researched reports on international aid performance;
To influence national and international policy makers, in the North and the South, through lobbying and policy dialogue;
To contribute to an informed debate on the role of aid in poverty eradication;
To increase public knowledge and awareness and thereby catalyze public and political pressure for accountable development cooperation policies in donor countries;
To facilitate collaboration and shared learning among CSOs from all regions of the world to enhance their capacity to advocate for effective development cooperation.
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