Government ministers and aid officials are meeting in Doha, Qatar 29 November – 2 December to discuss progress on poverty eradication since the Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) in Monterrey, Mexico 18-22 March 2002.
– Doha development summit must address failures
– Caritas blog from Caritas Internationalis Representative Michel Roy in Doha.
– Doha summit ends without urgency or commitment
Here’s our top ten snapshot of the last six years.
- The Commitments: Rich countries meeting at the G8 in Gleneagles in 2005 promised $50 billion in overseas aid which will make a real difference
- Schools in: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and many other countries have abolished fees for primary schools resulting in dramatic increases in enrolment during the space of a few years thanks to debt relief.
- Flight plan: Innovative ideas have worked such as a low tax on flights in France which raised 200 million Euros for medicine for the developing world
- Above the law: Progress on corruption with the increasing involvement of the international community against corrupt money includes the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which entered into force in 2005
- You, me and everyone I know: Poverty has falling across the world from a third to a fifth over the last decade. Development programmes work. We just need a greater sense of urgency and imagination to see through on our promises.
- Show me the money: Rich countries have promised that 0.7 percent of their national incomes for aid to poor countries. Only Denmark, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden have done so.
- Decline and fall: Global aid levels have been in decline, falling by 8.4% in real terms between 2006 and 2007. This is is driven largely from falls in aid from all but one (Germany) of the world’s top five aid donors: US (-9.9%), Japan (-30.1%), France (-15.9%), UK (-29.1%)
- Rough trade: The breakdown of the development round of trade negotiations in July has been a major setback for developing countries seeking to benefit from expanding global trade opportunities in order to reduce poverty.
- Take The Money & Run: Developing countries lose up to 350 billion Euros per year through tax evasion showing that measures have failed to address the problem.
- You, me and everyone I know: The unfortunate fact remains that every three seconds, we allow one child to die from extreme poverty.
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