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Charities are disappointed with the voluntary nature of new agreement on aid

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 02 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7878
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Aid organisations have reacted with dismay to the outcome of talks designed to make the delivery of aid more effective.

The charities Save the Children and Oxfam reacted with disappointment because the aid commitments specified for the emerging countries were only voluntary.

Government ministers from around the world met this week in Busan, South Korea, at a high level forum on aid effectiveness, organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The meeting was arranged to monitor and speed up the progress made since a multilateral agreement in Paris in 2005 to improve the quality and effectiveness of aid. A report by the OECD in June this year found that only one out …

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