Monday, August 11, 2008

Global Perspectives on the bumpy road to Accra

The August 2008 issue of the magazine 'Global Perspectives' focuses on the process towards the Accra High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF3).

The HLF3 aims to review the Paris Declaration which was signed to improve ways that donors and recipients work together to speed up progress toward the MDGs.

Civil society organisations fear that donors will bediverted from their promises. According to an article by David Cronin (IPS Europe) mechanisms to measure implementation, like a clear time frame, are missing, which makes it hard to hold signatories accountable.

Ramesh Jaura (IPS Europe) reports from the UN Development Cooperation Forum which took place on 30 June - 1 July 2008 in New York. As a main input for Accra, the forum discussed questions of conditionality and capital flight to developing countries.

Also in this issue are three opinion articles looking at the global food crisis (Jacques Diouf, FAO), the post-oil age (Ignacy Sachs, School of Advanced Studies in Social Science) and the importance of dialogue in global governance (Daisaku Ikeda – Soka Gakkai International).

Global Perspectives is a bi-lingual (English/German) publication by IPS Europe. It releases monthly editions on various themes of international cooperation and development and is available for free download.

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by Martin Behrens