‘Still Our Common Interest: Commission for Africa Report 2010’ was published on Monday 13th September to examine what has happened since the 2005 report, ‘Our Common Interest’ which set out measures for the creation of a strong and prosperous Africa.
Practical approaches to the aid effectiveness agenda: Evidence in aligning aid information with recipient country budgets
The Financial Times has launched a series examining "whether Africa is finally turning the corner." In the first installment, the paper published an interesting interactive graph that compares African countries’ foreign aid support as a percentage of government spending, from 1980 to 2008. In 2008, foreign aid to Liberia represented 771% of government spending, up from 652% in 2007, 369% in 2006 and 218% in 2005.
The OECD reports that the Ghanaian government plans a ‘Better Ghana’ achieved through greater aid effectiveness; ‘There is a strong need to ensure that aid is managed effectively in line with Paris Declaration commitments.’
Technology is being harnessed to increase government transparency and accountability in Sub-Saharan Africa, writes Rebekah Heacock for the Transparency and Technology Network. Numerous governments including that of Angola, Kenya and Uganda publish parts of their financial activities online in an attempt increase effective resource-use and decrease public perception of corruption.