Why foreign aid still matters for developing countries – National Post (August 8th 2012)

By: Joseph K. Ingram

“A growing number of development economists, including yours truly, believe that cuts to foreign-aid budgets, such as the ones recently made by the Canadian federal government, reflect a broader trend in the global economy, a trend that is producing the end of international development as we have known it.

Foreign aid from 14 of the 27 donor states in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) was reduced in 2011-2012. . …”

To read this article please visit http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/08/09/joseph-k-ingram-why-foreign-aid-still-matters-for-developing-countries/

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When it comes to U.S. aid, some in Latin America fret about the political costs – The Miami Herald (August 31st 2012)

By: Jim Wyss

The United States has plans to hand out almost $2 billion in aid in Latin America and the Caribbean over the next two years, but some in the region worry about the political price tag. 

“BOGOTA — As the U.S. Agency for International Development plans to distribute $1.8 billion in aid in Latin America and the Caribbean over the next two years, you would expect the region to be lining up.

Instead, some nations are eyeing USAID with suspicion, accusing the 50-year-old agency of playing politics even as it helps the needy….”

To read this article please visit http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/31/2979156_p2/when-it-comes-to-us-aid-some-in.html

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Bill Gates turns focus to toilet tech to save lives – CBS This Morning (August 20th 2012)

By  Ben Tracy

“(CBS News) Microsoft magnate Bill Gates is best known for creating a revolution in computers. But he believes innovations in toilet technology could also change the world and save millions of lives.

Gates could spend his billions on just about anything, but he decided to have his foundation host a toilet fair in Seattle.

‘We need to come up with something that has the same attractive properties as the flush toilet and yet can be made available to everyone on the planet,’ Gates said in an address at the fair. ‘And so we can think of that as a toilet for the 21st century.’

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering up nearly $7 million for engineers to overthrow the kind of “throne” we’ve known.

It’s not glamorous but it is important. An estimated 2.6 billion people – about 40 percent of the world’s population – do not have access to sanitation. That’s eight times the population of the United States. …”

 To see the CBS News video clip and read the full article, visit: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57496279/bill-gates-turns-focus-to-toilet-tech-to-save-lives/

 

YouTube video from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Ayudar con menos dinero – Que! (7 de septiembre de 2012)

Por: Luis Raboso

“La crisis se ha llevado por delante gran parte de los presupuestos estatales, autonómicos y muncipales para ayudar a los que más lo necesitan, tanto en España como fuera de nuestras fronteras. El Ejecutivo central, por ejemplo, fijó las cuentas para la cooperación en 2.400 millones, una cantidad similar a la recibida en 2003. Una situación que hace difícil el trabajo de los cerca de 2.500 españoles que están trabajando repartidos por el mundo.

En el acto oficial de celebración del Día del Cooperante, en los que se ha premiado a quince colegios con el premio nacional de Educación para el Desarrollo Vicente Ferrer, el director de la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (Aecid), Juan López Dóriga, ha explicado que los recortes han provocado una situación “difícil” para todos los españoles. ‘Lo que tratamos es hacer el máximo esfuerzo con los recursos que tenemos para seguir llegando a la gente que más lo necesita en los países en desarrollo’, ha asegurado. Dóriga ha incidido en el problema de gestionar el dinero en estos tiempos puesto que hay muchas necesidades y ‘tratamos de llevarlo a esos países donde pueda tener más efecto’….”

Si usted quiere leer este articulo visite el sitio http://www.que.es/ultimas-noticias/sociedad/201209071840-ayudar-menos-dinero-rc.html

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Regional Coalition on Water and Sanitation for the Elimination of Cholera in the Island of Hispaniola

Regional Coalition on Water and Sanitation for the Elimination of Cholera in the Island of Hispaniola from PAHO on Vimeo.

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Where they stand: Democrats and Republicans on U.S. foreign aid – Devex (September 10th 2012)

By: Lorenzo Piccio

“Fresh off their party conventions, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have begun their final sprint to election day on November 6. Even as pocketbook concerns continue to overshadow foreign policy issues on the campaign trail, in both Charlotte and Tampa, top-billed speakers made the case for the U.S. foreign aid program. …”

To learn more about the 2012 presidential candidates plans for the U.S. foreign aid program, visit http://www.devex.com/en/news/where-they-stand-democrats-and-republicans-on-u-s/79096?source=DefaultHomepage_Headline

 

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(Español) Cooperar en tiempos de crisis – El Pais (September 7th 2012)

Por: Jose Maria Vera Villacian

 Espana no puede renunciar a ayuda con la excusa de la falta de dinero

“La cooperación al desarrollo española está sumida en una crisis de mayor tamaño si cabe, que la del país, si la intensidad se mide por su caída y por los ataques que sufre. Un recorte del 60 % en dos años, de lejos el mayor sufrido por cualquier otra política pública, aleja la cooperación a marchas forzadas de las metas pactadas y la deja en la frontera de la irrelevancia si sufre nuevas bajadas de presupuesto, especialmente en la Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional al Desarrollo (AECID) y en los recursos canalizados a través de las ONGD (ONG dedicadas al Desarrollo).

En el lado del público, los intentos desde las ONGD de explicar lo que hacemos y logramos -con una parte menor de los presupuestos globales de la cooperación- y la limitada comunicación desde las administraciones públicas en este campo, tienen que enfrentar un muro. El que combina un menor interés de la población por lo que ocurre fuera de nuestras fronteras, salvo lo referido a Europa, con la intensidad de los mensajes denigrantes dirigidos desde algunos medios y líderes de opinión, y orientados a potenciar el escepticismo cuando no a sembrar la duda generalizada sobre la eficacia y la buena gestión de la cooperación al desarrollo. Ésta se convierte así en un lujo que no nos podemos permitir ahora que toca atender a ‘nuestros pobres.’ …”

 

Si usted quiere leer este articulo visite el sitio http://sociedad.elpais.com/sociedad/2012/09/07/actualidad/1347033217_677774.html  

 

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BRIC Countries Discover Foreign Aid – Global Sherpa, International Development Blog (August 13th 2012)

As posted on the Global Sherpa website:

“Foreign aid from the four original BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) more than doubled from 2005 to 2008, according to the organization Global Humanitarian Assistance. During that period, China’s foreign assistance grew by more than 30 percent annually. India, the largest foreign aid recipient in history, is actively looking to establish a national aid program akin to USAID or the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID), according to a recent Economist article.

The extent to which the BRIC countries’ foreign aid programs will spur development in recipient countries remains to be seen. There is ample, if often ill-founded skepticism about the extent to which the objectives of these efforts might be largely self-serving. …”

To read this article visit http://www.globalsherpa.org/china-foreign-aid-india-brazil

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Look who’s saving the world: BRICS pump up foreign aid – European Dialogue (April 4th 2012)

By Elizabeth Dickinson

“For more than half a century, rich countries such as the United States, Canada, Britain, and Japan have dominated the arena of international aid to help countries in Africa, Latin America, and Africa develop economically. Recently, however, the traditional flow of money has shifted greatly and we are now seeing BRICS countries play a greater role in the foreign assistance. The so-called BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have begun increasing their budgets on foreign assistance at a time when traditional donors’ aid budgets are gradually decreasing. …”

If you are interested in learning more about this development, visit http://eurodialogue.org/Look-who-saving-the-world-BRICS-pump-up-foreign-aid to learn more.

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Development aid threatened by financial crisis – Deutsche Welle (July 30th 2012)

According to Deutsche Welle:

“Development aid workers are warning that the financial crisis has the potential to harm the world’s poor. A recent study by an aid organization indicates that the European Union (EU) is already lagging in its fight against poverty. …”

To read this article visit http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,16132334,00.html

 

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