The data for official development assistance (ODA) 2009 published by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in April 2010 (see reference) give a bleak picture. In a year of severe world economic crisis, ODA, generally acknowledged as the essential tool to fight poverty, stagnated. And contrary to the EU’s constantly repeated commitment on scaling-up aid, EU ODA fell – just one year before the deadline for reaching the EU targets. By Bodo Ellmers
The 23 DAC donors’ disbursed US$119.6bn net ODA in 2009, down from US$122.3bn in 2008. In real terms, at constant 2008 prices and exchange rates, ODA showed a minimal increase to US$123.1bn, up 0.7% from 2008 levels. This does not mean that donors made much progress in reaching the 40-years-old United Nations’ goal of providing ODA to the amount of 0.7% of their gross national income ... ... this article is for subscribers only. For direct log in >>> click here.If you have no subscription >>> pick your option or >>>
Weakening of workers' rights in most regions is being aggravated by severe crackdowns on freedom of speech and assembly, according to the 2016 Global Rights Index. Restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, including severe crackdowns in some countries, increased by 22%, with 50 out of 141 countries surveyed recording restrictions.
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