Archive for the tag 'NGOs'

Accenture sees ‘convergence’ as the future way of delivering effective development projects

May 31st, 2011

Bang in line with Andrew Mitchell’s approach at DFID, Accenture has produced a new report that argues that the way forward for international development is ‘convergence’.  This convergence it sees as a narrowing of the gaps that currently exist between the commercial and NGO sectors – plus a changing relationship of donors (government and private) with both.

Accenture talks about a “convergence of solutions”, which it describes as “an approach that puts the needs of those most affected squarely at the heart of the matter”.  NGOs would surely say that this is what they do already but the key to what Accenture is arguing surely comes in its observation that “development problems are so complex, so large, so persistent, so fluid that they require a wide range of approaches” and it suggests that these approaches could just as well come from the private as from the NGO or the public sectors.
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Where DFID’s £528 million of humanitarian spending goes

April 4th, 2011

The Ashdown Committee’s report, amongst other things, provides a breakdown of where DFID’s spending on humanitarian aid goes.  The sums involved are substantial – £528 million in 2009/10 – that was spent as follows:
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African poverty is all the NGOs’ fault – or is it the journalists’?

March 21st, 2011

The Columbia Journalism Review is not the place that one normally looks for incisive comment on aid, development and emergencies, but there’s an interesting article published online that casts some light into the slightly murky world of the way that things get reported – or, in some cases, don’t get reported.

Author Karen Rothmyer comes with considerable credibility as she is a former managing editor of The Nation, was a Peace Corps teacher in Kenya in the 1960s and has lived in Kenya full-time since 2007.  So she has seen the NGO/journalist interface from both sides.
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Ed Stourton calls the humanitarian industry to account

January 11th, 2011

‘Haiti and Truth about NGOs’ was an extraordinary programme on Radio 4 this morning.  If you didn’t catch it first time around, you can catch it again at 2130 tonight on Radio 4 or listen to it again here.

Described as an ‘Insight into the aid industry as it faces challenging times’, reporter/presenter Edward Stourton raises a lot of the issues that will be familiar to aid industry professionals – speed of response (or lack of it) in the face of massive disaster, the relative lack of Disaster Risk Reduction, the lack of any real stockpile of emergency goods, the ability of thousands of NGOs to land on a disaster and sometimes make things worse rather than better despite the best coordination efforts of the Clusters.

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Humanitarian aid analysis Part 2 – Where does the money go?

July 19th, 2010

Total humanitarian aid worldwide was $15.1 billion in 2009 according to a new report by Global Humanitarian Assistance.  In Part 1 we looked at how much was given.  In this part we are going to look at where the money goes.
WFP delivers to Madagascar
By region, in 2008, it went largely to Africa (52% – $5.9 billion) and Asia (42% – $4.8 billion).  And six of the top ten recipient countries in 2008 were African – Sudan (first place), Ethiopia (fourth), Somalia (fifth), DRC (sixth), Zimbabwe (ninth) and Kenya (tenth).  Even tenth placed Kenya received $304 million.  Sudan got $1.4 billion.
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Humanitarian aid analysis Part 1 – How much is given, and by whom?

July 19th, 2010

Total humanitarian aid worldwide fell by 11% to $15.1 billion in 2009 according to a new analysis of the available data by Global Humanitarian Assistance, a monitoring service provided by Development Initiatives.  The 2008 total was $16.9 billion, a record high.  But 2009’s total was the second highest on record.

Queue for food in Jacmel, Haiti
Humanitarian aid from donors reporting to the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has grown massively through the 2000s, from $5.5 billion in 2000 to an estimated $13.3 billion in 2009 – a growth of 142% across the decade.

The DAC represents the OECD countries and speaks for well over 90% of all humanitarian aid.  But overall 112 countries gave humanitarian aid in 2009 – many of them being recipients as well as donors.
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