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VOICE national consultation on 'Road to Accra: Paris Declaration and Aid Effectiveness'


By farjana - Posted on 10 July 2008

Multi-stakeholders discussion held: Effective use of foreign aid helps reduce poverty

Staff Reporter, 10 July 2008 - http://nation.ittefaq.com/issues/2008/07/10/news0105.htm
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged donors and recipient countries to reform and properly manage foreign aid in order to improve its effectiveness.They however, said that widening of tax net and proper investment of foreign remittances could significantly help reduce the country's aid dependency.

If the necessary reforms were carried out in the utilization of foreign aid then it would reduce poverty, inequality, accelerate economic growth, build capacity and enhance the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's), they added.

 

Their observation came at a multi-stakeholder discussion on "Paris Declaration and Aid Effectiveness" jointly organised by Voice and Aid Accountability at Jatiya Press Club.

Dr Kazi Koliquzzaman Ahmad presided over the function. Dr Atiur Rahman, Dr Pias Karim, Bo Sundstrom of DFID, Jan Moller Hansen, Charge d' Affaires of the Danish Embassy, Monwar Hossain Akhand and Mohsin Ali, among others, took part in the discussion. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud gave vote of thanks.

Dr Atiur Rahman said the international donor agencies should be accountable and have a culture of self-criticism."There is a need for debt cancellation for the developing countries at least for the sake of climate change," he said adding that the developed countries are mainly responsible for the adverse affect of climate change in the globe.

"Many non-government organisations (NGO's) are not democratic and they look like another government," he observed.He said the relationship between the Government and NGO's need to be harmonised in the case of receiving and utilising foreign aid.
Dr Kazi Koliquzzaman Ahmad said regular exchanges of views are necessary between the Government, donors and stakeholders for effective use of foreign aid.

"If we strengthen our local governments and mobilise resources then we could scale down much of our foreign aid dependency," he said.

They placed some recommendations that include creating an effective and relevant independent monitoring and evaluation system for the Paris Declaration, commitment to give aid for poverty eradication and human rights development and ensure meaningful participation by Civil Society Organisations (CSO's) in Accra for discussing the effectiveness of foreign aid in September next.