InterAction Welcomes Busan Aid Deal, Rules Must Be Binding

InterAction welcomes a new agreement aimed at improving the effectiveness of aid, but says the new rules must be binding for those who endorsed it at a high-level summit in South Korea this week.

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation agreed in Busan, South Korea, is intended to increase the accountability and compliance of donor and recipient governments as well as civil society groups and the private sector in the delivery of aid.

"The universal endorsement of this agreement is a step forward but the monitoring and coordinating mechanisms developed to follow up will determine whether we get the results we need," said Samuel A. Worthington, president of U.S.-based international NGO alliance InterAction.

"All countries, including new middle income donors, must approach the core principles of development cooperation – such as the upholding of human rights, a focus on results, transparency of budgets or aid flows -- as universal. They cannot be adopted on an opt-in or opt-out basis such as China and India have chosen," said Worthington.

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