Brussels, 3 September 2008
Aid Conference: Commission urges donors to make aid more effective to reach Millennium Development Goals
The Commission calls on donor and developing countries to use development aid more effectively. At the eve of the High Level Ministerial Meeting in Accra/Ghana (2 – 4 September), the Commission urges governments to commit themselves to concrete and ambitious actions. Three years after the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, some progress have been made. Yet much more needs to be done to reach the UN Millennium Development Goals in 2015.
Louis Michel, Commissioner responsible for Development and Humanitarian Aid, said: "It is now or never. The Accra meeting must provide the necessary wakeup call to both donors and developing countries. Since Paris, in way, the most easier parts of the Paris Agenda have been implemented. Yet, much more is still ahead of us. Now the challenge is to ensure this rhetoric is translated into practice on a wide scale."
The aim of making development aid more effective is twofold:
At the international aid conference, the EU proposes that action should focus on four different areas:
The meeting in Accra is the third High Level Forum, following the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. The Commission is one of the 61 donors who signed the landmark agreement. 56 partner countries also signed.
The EU is the biggest donor in the world, with Official Development Assistance amounting to € 93 per citizen (Japan: €44, US: €53). Europe accounts for around 90% of worldwide commitments to scale up aid levels. Around 90% of the increase in aid to Africa comes from the EU.
High Level Forum in Accra: