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Center for Global Development assesses quality of development assistance across range of donors

The Center for Global Development (CGD) released is latest Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA) database. This assessment uses 24 aid effectiveness indicators and a detailed methodology to rank 27 bilateral country donors and 13 multilateral agencies.  

The assessment is an effort to measure performance against donors' commitments to assistance quality.

Publication - CGD

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New tool available for accessing donor strategic documents and budgets

The aid-transparency organization Publish What You Fund (PWYF) has launched a new web-browser tool that offers easier and centralized access to donor budgets and strategic documents available through the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). The tool works as a browser plugin that turns raw IATI XML files into graphs, charts, and an easily searchable user interface. The plugin helps make 22,300 strategic documents (i.e., global and country strategies, policies, and evaluations) and US$2.6 trillion in budgets available.

Blog post - PWYF

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Sweden contributes US$4 million to WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies

The Swedish ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health and Social Affairs will allocate SEK40 million (US$4.4 million) to the World Health Organization's crisis management fund, the 'Contingency Fund for Emergencies'. The purpose of the fund is to strengthen the WHO's ability to respond quickly to outbreaks and emergencies without unduly affecting other program areas. The Fund was created in 2015 after the Ebola crisis.

Press release - Swedish government

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Donors pledge US$1 billion to Global Financing Facility at first replenishment conference

At its first-ever replenishment conference held in Oslo from November 5-6, 2018, the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in Support of Every Woman Every Child received US$1 billion in contributions from both new and existing donors. Although lower than the US$2 billion originally expected, the resources will be used to catalyze large-scale domestic investments in women and children's health. Launched in 2015, the GFF currently supports 25 countries where need is greatest and hopes to expand to 50 countries during the 2019-2023 period.

Donors to the replenishment include:

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: US$200 million
  • Canada: US$39 million
  • EU: US$30 million
  • Germany: US$58 million
  • Japan: US$50 million
  • Netherlands: US$68 million
  • Norway: US$360 million
  • UK: US$65 million

The GFF is expecting additional pledges to come in from investors who are considering new multi-year commitments.

News article - Relief Web

Press release - Government of Norway (in Norwegian)

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Sweden increases support for WASH

Sweden is giving US$17.5 million (SEK160 million) to the non-governmental organisation WaterAid for its global efforts to improve access to clean water, hygiene, and improved sanitation (WASH). The funding, channeled through the Swedish International Development Agency, Sida, targets Sustainable Development Goal 6 on universal access to clean water and sanitation by 2030. The support spans 2018 to 2021. Sida also contributes directly to WaterAid's national work in Bangladesh and Burkina Faso.

Press release - Water Aid (in Swedish)

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OECD agrees to new ODA-eligibility rules but rejects UK push for broader inclusion of high-income countries

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has agreed to change the rules governing official development assistance (ODA) in order to make it easier for countries to become re-eligible for assistance if they fall below the upper-middle income threshold. Under the OECD’s rules, only low-income and middle-income countries, as classified by the World Bank, are eligible for ODA.

However, donors at the OECD decided to reject a UK proposition to enable ODA for wealthy but climate-vulnerable islands. UK development minister Penny Mordaunt has noted she will go against OECD rules if need be in order to provide help to the UK's overseas territories in case of a natural disaster. 

News article - Devex

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October 22-23, 2018: Save the Children and IFAD hold conference on adolescent girls' nutrition

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Save the Children Italy organize a nutrition-focused conference titled 'Leaving no one behind - making the case for adolescent girls'. Supported by the Government of Canada, the conference aims to continue building dialogue around adolescent girls as a target group to achieve global nutrition goals and contribute to the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition, which focuses on eradicating hunger and preventing all forms of malnutrition. 

Location: Rome, Italy

Website - IFAD

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US House Foreign Affairs Committee releases report on USAID global supply chain contract

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) released a bipartisan report on a year-long investigation into a contract from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on global health supply chains. The contract is the primary vehicle through which USAID delivers commodities and technical assistance, but has been plagued by reports of  declining on time delivery rates, depleted inventories, and “stock-outs” of life-saving commodities.

The report, which noted the critical importance of effective supply chain management, included specific recommendations to improve future performance. One of those changes includes a new position at USAID to oversee supply chains.  

Press release and report - HFAC

UNGA elects Italy to UN Human Right Council

On October 12, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) elected Italy as member of the UN Human Rights Council for the period 2019-2021, with 180 votes. Italy’s priorities for the three-year mandate are:

  • Condemning all forms of xenophobia
  • Fighting religious discrimination and promoting religious freedom
  • Protecting children and minors
  • Protecting people with disabilities
  • Promoting women's rights
  • Fighting human trafficking
  • Lobbying against the death penalty in the world
  • Protecting cultural heritage

Newspaper article - La Stampa (in Italian)  

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USAID releases self-reliance metrics and country roadmaps

As part of its focus on the "journey to self-reliance", the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released its self-reliance metrics for low-and middle-income countries.  These 17 metrics are publicly available, third-party metrics which USAID has used to produce individual 'country roadmaps' for all low- and middle-income countries, as classified by the World Bank.

The roadmaps divide the assessment between a country's 'commitment' and its 'capacity', the two criteria which USAID believes form the foundation for assessing where a particular country is on its journey to self-reliance. 

Website - USAID

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