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NGOs call on EU to agree MDG targets
A new report was launched today by Alliance2015 entitled “2015-Watch: The EU’s Contribution to the Millennium Development Goals. Keeping the Goals Alive." It expressed concern about alarmingly low EU aid levels for food, health and education, especially to sub-Sahara Africa.
MEP Gay Mitchell said,
To reach the MDGs we decided that 20% of aid should be for basic health and education and we reached that target for Asia and Latin America in 2009. But in sub-Sahara Africa the European Commission deliberately allowed these allocations to plummet to an appalling all time low of 1.5% for basic health and education combined.
Birgit Dederichs-Bains from the German aid organisation Welthungerhilfe added:
The EU as the largest donor must lead by example. The Lancet, the European Court of Auditors and even the IMF have published research showing that capacity in health and education is a key problem which aid through General Budget Support does not resolve…It is also very clear that political space is needed for countercyclical measures to protect the poor and to ensure they have access to basic social services. As the major aid donor, the EU should give a strong lead on this in September in New York.
Concern has been a member of the Alliance since 2000.