Shadow Secretary for International Development, Ivan Lewis, writes in the Guardian today about the Busan Summit on Aid Effectiveness. He argues;
As world leaders, including the UK’s international development secretary, Andrew Mitchell, meet in Busan for the fourth high-level forum on aid effectiveness, it is apparent that clear-minded coalitions and strong political leadership are essential if there is to be a global agreement that will drive meaningful change.
Going onto say
Over the past decade, the UK can claim a proud record of being in the vanguard of progress on aid effectiveness. There is little doubt that without Douglas Alexander’s leadership the 2008 Accra conferencewould have concluded with a weak unambitious agreement. It is to be hoped that this will not be the story of Busan.
Let us hope Busan and then Durban break this cycle of cynicism and pessimism. The rules of engagement that will govern aid effectiveness in the future may to some seem technical and dry. But in reality the stakes couldn’t be higher. It’s about those remarkable women I met in Bangladesh, the hundreds of thousands of children who die unnecessary deaths from conditions such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, and the kind of world we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren. We owe it to them to do better and recognise that in an interdependent world self-interest and mutual interests are inextricably linked.
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