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Global cause’ and effect: How the aid system is undermining the Millennium Development Goals

Source: Wateraid

The report demonstrates how progress towards achieving the MDGs is being held back by donor preferences which undermine the development priorities of recipient countries, and, of the poor.

The report calls on donors to balance their investments more evenly across the essential services; health, education, water and sanitation. These services are interdependent and need to be recognized as such - girls are not attending school because of inadequate sanitation facilities and because they spend hours fetching water. Over half of the developing world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from diarrhoeal diseases.

The report calls for changes to the aid system to ensure that donor policy responds to the needs of the poor and tackles the most critical obstacles to development. Too often aid allocations have been determined by donor preferences and by the loudest voices coming from the developed world. This results in unbalanced financial inputs and perverse developmental outcomes.

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