CSOs release C20 policy pack ahead of G20 Osaka Summit

The Civil 20 (C20) Summit, a side event to the Group of 20 (G20) Osaka Summit convened by civil society organizations (CSOs), has released its 2019 policy pack. Papers include anti-corruption; education; environment, climate, and energy; gender; global health; infrastructure; international financial architecture; labor, business and human rights; 'Local2Global'; and trade and investment. 

C20 representatives handed over the policy pack to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 18, 2019. The G20 Osaka Summit will be held on June 28-29, 2019.

Policy Proposal - C20 Policy Pack 2019

Official website – C20 Summit 2019

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Dutch Parliament meets with CSO Directors working on HIV/AIDS and SRHR

On April 18th, the General Committee on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Dutch Parliament met with the directors of key Dutch CSOs working on HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The discussion concerned the mid-term results of the SRHR partnerships funded by the Dutch government, which had been previously requested by Rutgers University.

In attendance were the following MPs and members: R. de Roon, K.A.E. van den Hul, W.R. van Haga, A. Luik, L.I. Dis and A. Bouali. 

News item - Dutch Parliament (in Dutch)

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South Korea solidifies medical and health care partnerships in Central Asia

South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s traveled to Central Asia to strengthen his government's partnership with Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan in the area of 1) medical and healthcare policies and strategies, and 2) ICT-based medical and healthcare technologies. South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare signed an implementation plan in these areas with their counterparts in Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, co-establishing eHealth comprehensive plans with these two countries. With Uzbekistan, South Korea will also establish and manage a medical and healthcare cooperation center. 

Press release – Ministry of Health and Welfare (in Korean)

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German political party pushes to reallocate development funding to world's poorest countries

The market-liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) has requested to increase Germany’s support to the so-called least-developed countries (LDCs) to 0.15% to 0.2% of the gross national income (GNI). In 2017, the Federal Government had spent 0.66% of its GNI for development assistance, of which only 0.1% went to LDCs.

According to the FDP, German development cooperation is currently focusing too much on the countries that are economically and politically relatively stable, where successes of development assistance are quickly measurable. The current government, a coaltion of the conservative CDU/CSU and Social Democrats, committed in its coalition treaty to increase its support to the poorest countries to 0.2% of the GNI by 2030, but the FDP believes this change should be reflected in the current federal budget. German civil society organizations support the request of the FDP.

Newspaper Article – Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German)


UK development minister warns EU against discrimination towards UK NGOs

The UK’s International Development Minister, Penny Mordaunt, has written to the EU calling for UK non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to be treated fairly as they bid for EU humanitarian contracts. Mordaunt noted that UK NGOs are struggling to gain contracts from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations. Some UK aid firms working in Somalia and Yemen, for example, have had to stop their work as a result of faltering EU funding, while others have been told to transfer projects to European bodies in order to maintain their funding.

Morduant argues that the UK, which is now due to stay in the EU until October,must be treated equally to other member states. 

News article - Daily Mail

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New report claims UK development assistance funds privatization of education

A new report from Global Justice Now, a UK civil society organisation, and the National Education Union, criticizes UK development assistance for supporting the privatization of education in developing countries. The authors of the report, which reveals that the UK government is funding for-profit educational firms, highlight that privatization of education can lead to problems in terms of equality, quality, and accountability. 

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)has criticized the report as misleading, noting that it is not contributing to a privatization agenda in the education sector. According to DFID, 95% of its spending on education goes to the public sector.  However, this includes for-profit organisations who deliver services through the public education system.  

News article - Education  Executive 

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Former Australian prime minister highlights Rihanna's support of Global Partnership to Education

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has spoken in an interview with Vogue Australia magazine about popular singer Rihanna's support for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Gillard chairs the GPE and outlined how Rihanna had come to be an active supporter of global education after they met before the 2016 Global Citizen conference in New York. Rihanna has since travelled to visit projects in Malawi and to support the GPE 2018 replenishment in Dakar.

This article will appear in Vogue Australia’s May 2019 issue, published on April 29, 2019.

Magazine article - Vogue Australia

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UK development assistance funding drone and space technology

UK development assistance is funding the use of drone and space technology to save lives in humanitarian disasters and tackle sustainable development challenges. Drones are already being deployed to help the millions affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Zambia.   

The UK government is also supporting UK firms to use space technology to address global sustainable development challenges. A recently launched new directory highlights 50 services that UK firms are providing that use satellite technology to assist developing countries with disaster management to food production. The services provided by UK companies are funded by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Program, a five-year program which benefits from £152 million (US$196 million) in UK development assistance.

News article - The Times 

Press release - UK Government 

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UK faith leaders call for maintenance of 0.7% development assistance commitment

Leading UK faith leaders representing the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faith communities have written to The Guardian newspaper calling for the UK government to continue to help the world's poorest through the provision of development assistance. The leaders explicitly call for the UK government to maintain its commitment to spending 0.7% of its gross national income as official development assistance.

News article - The Guardian

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