NOW IN ITS SIXTH ANNUAL EDITION,
The Reality of Aid has for the first time analysed the 'fair share' of bilateral aid for basic social services � basic education, basic health, reproductive health, nutrition, clean water and sanitation - that should come from each donor; an analysis which shows only two donors meeting their fair share and the G7 nations (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, US) falling behind by over US$5 billion. This year and next, The Reality of Aid focuses on basic education, as a right and not a privilege, and its role in development cooperation and poverty elimination.
A key feature of The Reality of Aid 1998/1999 is the ten chapters offering analysis of development cooperation from the perspective of southern NGOs. Many of these focus on basic education and raise issues around transparency, gender and civil society.
'If policies were programmes and promises were dollars, The Reality of Aid could report great progress on the road to eradicating global poverty this year. But at a time when donors acknowledge that ending poverty is possible, it seems that commitments are being offered instead of resources and real change.' From the Summary
Part I presents a useful Summary, highlighting the steps that donors could take now to make progress towards poverty eradication, and reviews the trends in development cooperation, debt relief measures targeted towards the new millennium and commitment to the goal of ensuring basic education for all. Part II gives a full report on the overseas aid performance of OECD country aid donors and the European Union over the last year. Part III sets out a Southern perspective on development cooperation. Part IV provides 'at a glance' comparisons of donors' aid outlook and commitment to development cooperation in the 21st Century, poverty eradication, gender and public support. Part V contains handy reference material. Throughout the book, information is presented in easily interpreted diagrams and graphs.
The Reality of Aid has established itself as a unique source of independent evaluation and comment on aid policies and development. It is indispensable for all in the field, whether in the official or voluntary sectors.
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Originally published in 1998
Table of Contents
List of Boxes and Tables
Part I Trends in Development Cooperation
The Reality of Aid in 1998: Summary
World aid in 1997
Targeting the End of Absolute Poverty Trends in Development Cooperation by Tony German and Judith Randel
Towards a Jubilee for Foreign Debt by Mariano Valderrarna
Basic Education Compiled by Tony German and Judith Randel
Part II A Review of Aid Donors
Australia by Gaith Luke, ACFOA
Canada by Brian Tomlinson, CClC
Japan by Akio Takayanagi, JANIC
New Zealand by Pat Webster and Jan Engels, CID
Norway by Gunnar Garbo, NPA
Switzerland by Christophe Bellman, SWISS Coalition
United States by Carol Lancaster Interaction
The European Community programme by Mirjam van Reisen, Eurostep
Auslria by Helmuth Hartmeyer, KommEnt, Karin Kublbock, aid Michael Obrovsky, OFSE
Belgium by Melanie Schellens, NCOS
Denmark by Bibi Linder, MS
Finland by Folke Sundman and Marc Waller, KePa
France by Oliver Blamangin, CRID
Germany by Birgit Dederichs-Bain and Thomas Fues, DWHH and tdh
Ireland by Maire Matthews and Hugh Byrne, Concern
Italy by Jose Luis Rhi-Sausi and Marco Zupi, Movimondo
The Netherlands by Caroline Wildernan, Novib
Portugal by Goncalo Paes Parente, OlKOS
Spain by Gonzalo Fanjul, lntermon
Sweden by Svante Sandberg, Forum Syd
United Kingdom by Sarah Collinson and Nicola Crawhall, ACTIONAID
Part Ill Perspectives from the South on Development Cooperation
Latin America: Trends in International Cooperation by Mariano Valderrama
Latin America, International Cooperation and Basic Education in Peru, Guatemala and El Salvador by Mariano Valderram
Latin America: Capacity-building and Change In NGOs by Mariano Valderrama
Cuba Education during the Special Period by Mercedes Arce, NPA
Kenya Financing Education by David Aduda, ACTlONAID
Namibia: Best Practice in Education by Jesper Oisson Kristensen, Ibis
Nepal: Foreign Assistance, Information and Transparency by Sriram Raj Pande, New Era
Philippines: Targeting Poverty? by CODE-NGO
Uganda: Aid and Education Development by Zie Gariyo, Uganda Debt Network
Zimbabwe: A Gender Perspective on Non-formal Education by Munhamo Chisvo, ZWRCN
Part IV Donors Compared At a Glance
The Outlook for Aid, at a Glance
Donor Commitments to 21st Century Development Goals: at a Glance
Mainstreaming Poverty Reduction: at a Glance
Measuring Aid for Poverty Reduction: at a Glance
Approaches to Gender in Development Cooperation at a Glance
Public Support for Development Cooperation: at a Glance
Part V Reference Section
The Reality of Aid Project