Nairobi aid summit shows end of poverty in sight, but only if rich nations shift course

Published: 1st December 2016

At the close of this week's Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation’s summit in Kenya, Oxfam International’s executive director Winnie Byanyima said:

“The outcome of the Nairobi summit signals a renewed commitment to development effectiveness that is critical to ending poverty. Rich, donor countries must get behind this agenda, not undermine it, especially as our world faces huge, unprecedented humanitarian challenges. The fact that only three government ministers from developed countries came to Nairobi was disappointing.

 “Donor countries must now stop taking resources away from fighting poverty and redirecting aid for their self-interest, be it to push back refugees from their shores or secure lucrative contracts for their companies. This Nairobi summit must instead impel a strategic agenda for aid: one which sees donors work with governments and citizens in developing countries so they truly take control of their own development.”


Notes to editors

Governments, civil society and private actors came together in Nairobi this week at the meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) to recommit to fundamental standards of effective aid and development cooperation.

Oxfam, alongside with 400 delegates from civil society organisations led by the Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), calls on governments to translate their longstanding “development effectiveness commitments” - developing country ownership; focus on results; transparency and mutual accountability; and inclusive partnerships – into action.

Read the policy brief Oxfam has distributed in Nairobi on occasion of the second high-level meeting of the GPEDC.

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