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Governments are considering diverting limited aid funds to security and defense, and may also increase the amount they use to cover refugee costs in rich countries
A large coalition of NGOs is calling for European leaders to protect refugees while ensuring aid budgets are only used for poverty eradication and sustainable development
Governments across Europe are planning to divert scarce development aid budgets to cover security and defense costs, anti-poverty campaigners understand.
Faced with strong criticism for its expansive
and erroneous use of conditionality, and in the wake of a financial crisis,
the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved in 2002 a set of guidelines
to inform its use of structural conditionality. The Conditionality Guidelines
committed the Fund to reduce the overall number of conditions attached
to Fund lending and ensure that those attached respected and were drawn
from nationally developed poverty plans in recognitions that developing
country ownership is instrumental for successful development.
This report is the result of research in seven aid recipient countries, conducted by southern and northern civil society organisations, coordinated by the European Network on Debt and Development. This report focuses on progress against two principles of the Paris Declaration - ownership and accountability. These principles are the bedrock of aid reform but the area where least attention has been paid.