Memo: Paolo de Renzio on Aid Effectiveness

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By the time I got to the Bexco Conference Centre, in the morning of the third and last day of the Forum, the outcome document had been finalized, translated, printed and posted on the official website. Arm-twisting, hand-wrangling and last minute negotiations were over, and spirits were high: China, Brazil and India had all agreed to endorse the document. A New Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, the promise of Busan, was born, but only after the introduction of a paragraph in the preamble that makes principles, commitments and actions agreed in the document valid for so-called ‘South-South partners’ only on a voluntary basis.

Find the full memo here.