Archive for January 25th, 2012

Aid has to be modernised; EU is not pulling out from middle income countries (MICs)

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
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The European Union, like many other donors, is currently exploring the best ways to fight against poverty around the world. Faced with differentiation between developing countries, some of which have become aid donors themselves while others suffer from increasing fragility, the EU must ensure the greatest impact and best value for money for its aid. As always, important policy changes spark off a fierce debate. In particular I would like to respond to a recent article from the Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog, which criticized “cuts” to MICs and urged donors to “get more sophisticated in their thinking”. I am sure that the readers will be pleased to learn that this is exactly what we are applying to EU development aid.

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