27 June 2013, 21:58

Who Needs Aid?

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European ministers from the EU 27 member countries urged their governments on Tuesday (25 June) to live up to their commitments on development aid, saying it was essential to support Europe’s promises to reduce world poverty, even at times of austerity.

The General Affairs Council, which coordinates work ahead of EU summit meetings, said the 0.7% target is “a key priority for member states” but indicated in a statement that national governments had other fiscal challenges.

Yet, the issue of aid to developing countries appears to draw some controversy, as the recipient countries claim they are not always happy about the aid they’re getting, whereas taxpayers in the donor countries are not always happy about how their money is spent.

So, what could be the reason for their unhappiness, what needs to be done to make the aid efficient and – what are the considerations behind the donor countries’ governments’ aid decisions?

We are discussing these and other issues with our guest speakers William Gumede, Senior Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Center and Honorary Associate Professor of Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; Jan Vanheukelom, Senior Adviser for Political Economy & Governance at a “think and do tank European Center for Development Policy Management, and Nipa Banerjee, Professor at the School of International Development and Global Issues at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

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