Aid effectiveness report launched at the Houses of Parliament
In conjunction with the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit (CPSU), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and the UK Aid Network, Oxford Policy Management supported the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Debt, Aid and Trade's extensive inquiry into aid effectiveness.
The final report, launched at the Houses of Parliament on 24 March 2010, was accompanied by comments from Roger Riddell, who said it was "path breaking" in challenging "the UK to play a far more prominent and pro-active role in international efforts to address some of the wider systemic problems that continue to impede the impact and effectiveness of aid".
Among its 17 recommendations, the report notes that: "In difficult global economic conditions - with developing countries suffering from falling levels of investment, export income and remittance flows, and as a weak currency affects the reach of UK official development assistance - it is essential to ensure that every pound of aid is effective and has the greatest possible impact on reducing global poverty." With only five years to go until the Millennium Development Goals must be met and with the commitments made under the Paris Declaration due to be fulfilled this year, there is a vital need for parliamentarians to engage with the aid effectiveness agenda.