Next month, a new video will be released about “Green Infrastructure”, a strategically planned network of high-quality green spaces and environmental features. With around 80% of the EU’s population now living in towns or cities, taking care of the green infrastructure that breathes life into urban and rural habitats has never been more important. Achieving thriving biodiversity is vital to addressing numerous challenges, from climate change adaptation to long-term economic stability.
From Tuesday 29 November to 1 December, approximately 2 000 delegates will meet at the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), taking place in Busan, South Korea, to assess and discuss the global progress in improving the quality of aid.
Aid effectiveness is about ensuring maximum impact of development aid to improve lives, cut poverty and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals. At Busan, development leaders will review the global progress in delivering effective aid. The Forum aims at further refining the key indicators to measure aid effectiveness, formulated in the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action:
• Ownership – Developing countries set their own strategies for poverty reduction
• Alignment – donors base their support on the strength of partner countries’ national development strategies, institutions and procedures
• Harmonisation – donors aim to harmonise their donations to ensure collective effectiveness and to be less burdensome on partner countries, particularly fragile states with weak administrative procedures
• Managing for results – both donors and partner countries manage resources and improve decision-making to achieve optimum results
• Mutual accountability – donors and partner countries pledge to hold each other accountable for development results
To further enhance efforts globally and within countries to make aid more effective in reducing poverty, the Forum seeks at agreeing on a Busan Outcome Document to set a framework for the forthcoming period.
Five videos of approximately five minutes each, including B-Roll material of approximately 15-20 minutes each have been produced. These videos illustrate how the principles of aid effectiveness work in practice on the ground. The videos show projects in five different countries.
Morocco (runtime: 5’11’’)
Water conservation and sanitation in Morocco is a crucial issue for development. The government has decided to reply to the challenges. With the support of donors, it is building new water infrastructure and improving its water management. To ensure aid effectiveness, the European Union and its partners have shared the work involved and harmonised their procedures.
Videos on the other countries: