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Forum for the Future of Aid

Southern Voices for Change in the International Aid System Project

The Forum on the Future of Aid is an online community dedicated to research and opinions about how the international aid system currently works and where it should go next

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Civil society consultations on aid realities and concerns in the Arab Region

By Ziad Abdel Samad

[Introduction]: Human development indicators place the Arab region in a very modest position compared to other regions of the world. This is mainly due to extended implementation of inadequate national and regional economic and social policies, resulting in distorted allocation of resources. Within this context, the Arab region includes both donor countries, mainly oil-producing Gulf countries, and aid receiving countries including least developing countries.
This article summarise the challenges and concerns that stand out from the civil society organizations’ discussion on the process of aid effectiveness and the Paris Declaration in the Arab region. The discussion took place within the framework of the regional preparatory consultation before the High Level Forum in Accra.

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