Aid effectiveness in the spotlight in Busan

Civil society groups, including InterAction, are attending a high-level meeting in South Korea this week to review progress in making aid more effective. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is among hundreds of ministers gathered for the meetings in the South Korean port city of Busan from Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

About 2,000 delegates are at the meeting, which is expected to produce an Outcome Document aimed at improving global efforts to make aid more effective in reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Last week, InterAction President Sam Worthington and Millennium Challenge Corporation president Daniel Yohannes wrote a joint opinion piece for The Guardian’s development blog, Poverty Matters, in which they argued strongly for foreign assistance even during the current tough economic times. They also underscored the need for transparency and accountability in the delivery of aid and for governments to allow an enabling environment for civil society to operate.  

Read Britain’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Washington Post opinion piece on Busan and the implications.

See the official web page for the summit  and also track what USAID is saying about the high-level forum via their web site. 

Another interesting read is a new study by the group Publish What You Fund, which assesses aid transparency of donors. The study compares the transparency of 30 major donors and ranks them in an index.