DFID's performance in 2008-09 and the 2009 White Paper

DFID's performance in 2008-09 and the 2009 White Paper

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DFID is right to focus more resources on fragile states if global poverty reduction goals are to be met. However, this report highlights a number of concerns about DFID's capacity to meet this and other new policy directions set out in the 2009 White Paper (Cm. 7656, ISBN 9780101765626), based on analysis of the Department's performance in 2008-09 (the Department's annual report 2008-09 published as HC 867-I, II, ISBN 9780102962154). Climate change, another key White Paper focus area, threatens progress on poverty reduction and will hit the poorest people first and hardest. The outcome of the Copenhagen Conference in December 2009 was disappointing and real progress needs to be made before the next conference at the end of this year. The White Paper also indicates that DFID will channel more funding through multilateral organisations including the EU, the UN and the World Bank. This offers the prospect of more coordinated delivery of aid, but only if these bodies increase their effectiveness and their poverty focus. The report also argues for speedier reform of the governance of the international financial institutions. The recession has had a significant impact on developing countries. It is estimated that an additional 90 million people will be affected by poverty as a combined result of the global food, financial and fuel crises over the last few years. Donors, including the UK, have responded and have sought to identify specific needs in developing countries, though many donors are failing to meet the aid commitments they have already made.Meanwhile DFID has focused the bulk of its efforts and funding on budget support to developing country governments a€” much of it in fragile societies ... Part of the underlying problem is that neither DFID nor any other donor agency yet has a sure methodological approach, based on an objective and ... the impact measures it will use to show progress; Ev 88 International Development Committee: Evidence.

Title:DFID's performance in 2008-09 and the 2009 White Paper
Author:Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. International Development Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2010


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