Busan comes after previous international aid effectiveness summits in Rome (2003), Paris (2005) and Accra (2008). At these summits, agreements were made by donors and aid recipient countries to make aid more efficient. In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not have a clear position on this issue. The importance of achieving (measurable) results was also underlined and citizens should be held accountable for these results. However, a recent evaluation shows that many of the goals have not been achieved. The international conference in Busan is the time to take stock of the situation and set out the next steps.
But Busan goes beyond aid effectiveness alone. At a time when global crises are succeeding and power relations are changing, the forum wants to formulate a renewed framework for development cooperation. New donors such as China and Brazil are arriving, and companies are also becoming increasingly involved in development cooperation. The importance of global public goods such as climate, food security, financial stability, security and energy issues and their impact on development call into question the relevance of development cooperation. Will an answer to these challenges be found in Busan? And what does that tell us about the future of development aid?
ONLINE (in Dutch)
- On the websites of Vice Versa and MO* there will be a live report of the conference and there will be previews and analyses. In addition, the magazine Vice Versa will publish an article on the new trends in international aid architecture at the beginning of February.
- Ontwikkelingshulp in een veranderende context, MO, 28/11/2011.
- China wil eigen koers blijven varen in ontwikkelingsprojecten, MO, 28/11/2011.
- Rwanda geeft Busanverklaring een 7, 1/12/2011.
- Maatschappelijk middenveld spreekt met één stem in Busan, MO, 6/12/2011.
- Veranderende machtsverhoudingen in ontwikkelingshulp, MO, 7/12/2011.
- Contouren van een nieuw ontwikkelingsparadigma afgetekend in Busan, MO, 8/12/2011.
need resources for your own investigative story?
Journalismfund.eu’s flexible grants programmes enable journalists to produce relevant public interest stories with a European mind-set from international, national, and regional perspectives.
support independent cross-border investigative journalism
We rely on your support to continue the work that we do. Make a gift of any amount today.