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AidWatch 2013 Report Launched
 



European aid to poor countries is stalling two years ahead of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals deadline, with aid cut or stagnant in 19 member states reveals the new Concord AidWatch report published today on the International Day for Poverty Eradication.

The report looks at the quality and quantity of EU aid, with analysis showing that the funding gap to reach the UN target stands at €36billion.

The EU-27 countries delivered €50.6 billion or 0.39% of EU’s gross national income in aid in 2012, a 4% drop compared to previous year. EU aid has fallen to its lowest levels since 2007 with AidWatch projections showing that total aid is expected to remain almost stagnant at approximately 0.43% of GNI.by 2013-2014.

Wiske Jult from the Belgian NGO platform 11.11.11 said: “Effective aid plays a unique role and European countries should not shy away from their role in tackling global poverty. Some countries such as Belgium however are making development aid their prime budget cuts, despite talking up global development on the international stage at the United Nations. These double standards send the wrong message to developing countries.”

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Andris Piebalgs Statement on AidWatch Report



The EU Commissioner for Development has released a statement on the launch of the new AidWatch report:

"I welcome today’s report by  Concord Aidwatch on financing for development and aid effectiveness."

"It points out relevant facts that I agree with, mostly the need for the EU and its Member States to make substantial efforts to reach the collective target of spending the equivalent of 0.7% of Gross National Income on development aid by 2015. If the EU wants to address the problem of development, it needs to deliver on its promise, despite the economic downturn. We must protect these lifesaving efforts. Cuts must not cost lives."

"The report expresses concerns about the progress on aid effectiveness since the  High Level Forum held in Busan in 2011. The EU is currently engaged in a number of activities to increase the progress on the commitments made in Busan in the area of transparency, and also in joint programming (i.e. coordination with Member States in the use of our combined resources)."

"I am glad to see that the authors agree that the EU institutions’ work is successful: our aid is financially well managed, transparent, has low administrative costs and contributes to better coordination and division of labour among donors."

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French bid to boost aid by taxing finance



The finance committee of the French National Assembly has approved an amendment to the draft 2014 budget, according to EurActive.fr.

The proposal for a Financial Transaction tax was adopted on Tuesday by the finance committee. The amendment would significantly increase the amount of aid funds that are generated from taxing financial transactions as aid is likely to receive a significant portion of the anticipated revenue, with around a 15% allocation. The government initially expected to raise amounts of around €1.6bn, but this has been revised to a smaller target of €700 million.

Christian Eckert, the deputy steering the draft budget law in the Assembly, suggested broadening the tax base to integrate all transactions by the 109 companies listed on the French stock exchange. This would include ultra-fast exchanges made in intra-day trading, which are currently tax-exempt.

However, the French finance ministry has opposed this extra tax on transactions, in order to protect French banks. Some market operators, such as Nyse Euronext have argued that it will slow the pace on trade, and that volumes of trade have already declined by 15% due to the effect of the tax.

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Launch of the Global Hunger Index: 19 countries suffering “alarming” hunger levels.


The 8th edition of the Global Hunger Index Report, launched by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), has 19 countries facing either “alarming” or “extremely alarming” food levels.

This is due to increasing vulnerability to extreme weather events, climate change, economic crisis and conflict, which are affecting many of the leading countries in the index. South Asia has the worst regional hunger levels, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa, but starvation and insufficient nutrition is worst in Burundi, Eritrea and Comoros.

The index, which was jointly compiled with German world hunger group Welthungerhilfe and Irish poverty NGO Concern, shows the ongoing suffering in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, as it also lists Sudan, Chad, Yemen and Ethiopia as suffering from very high levels of hunger.

2.6 billion people have to live on less than two dollars a day. For them a sick family member, a single drought or the job loss of someone working abroad is a major crisis,” said Welthungerhilfe Chair Bärbel Dieckmann.

“As a consequence a child can no longer afford to go to school, the family diet is reduced to often one meal a day or livestock needs to be sold. These people have simply no coping mechanisms left to react to a crisis,” Dieckmann said.

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Call for gender-monitoring of Aid in Haiti


Female activists in Haiti are calling on the EU to start monitoring the effectiveness of its aid to Haiti, as many young women are missing out on the benefits of the aid programmes, leading to a rise of so-called “invisible girls”, according to EurActiv.

Whilst the aid programmes have been improving many girls are still excluded, due to many cases of simply ignoring cultural traditions, such as scheduling events on a Saturday, when most girls help with the domestic work, leaving them unable to participate.

Whilst the aid to Haiti was desperately needed- Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, and was left devastated by the 2010 earthquake-, and was gratefully received, activists now want the EU to take steps to ensure that the aid is effective in helping both men and women on the island.

Carmel Dorie Barbot, a youth programme manager at Plan Haiti  told Euractiv: “If you don’t specify the broader themes of girls and women they will naturally be forgotten. Child participation in education has improved in recent years but if you disaggregate the data, it mostly benefits boys and not girls.”

“This is one of major reasons for the invisibility of girls,” she added.


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CALLS FOR PROPOSALS

Global calls


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In country calls


NEW CALLS

135131 - Support to Social Enterprises and Business Advisory Services
 Open » 29/01/2014  Action Grants   Kosovo  PreAccession Countries / New Member States
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135163 - Efficiency in anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (TR 12 IB JH 02)
 Open » 13/12/2013  Action Grants   Turkey   PreAccession Countries / New Member States
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135103 - Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development (Mozambique)
 Open » 25/11/2013  Action Grants   Mozambique   Non-State Actors and Local Authorities
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135149 - Renforcement de la capacité de contrôle des services vétérinaires en vue de les rapprocher des standards européens et internationaux
 Open » 3/12/2013  Action Grants   Algeria   Neighbourhood
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135151 - Mise à niveau des laboratoires de l’Institut national de la médecine vétérinaire aux standards européens et internationaux
 Open » 3/12/2013  Action Grants   Algeria   Neighbourhood
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135143 - The Sarajevo 2014 Programme
 Open » 15/01/2014  Action Grants   Bosnia and Herzegovina   PreAccession Countries / New Member States
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134987 - BRASIL - CONVOCATÓRIA DE PROPOSTAS - PROGRAMA ATORES NÃO ESTATAIS E AUTORIDADES LOCAIS EM DESENVOLVIMENTO
 Open » 1/11/2013  Action Grants   Brazil   Non-State Actors and Local Authorities

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