Essay Contest on the Future of Development Assistance

Protest March
How would you reinvent foreign aid for today’s world? How would you use modern financial instruments and modern technology to give faster, smarter development assistance? How would you reach the poorest people more effectively, no matter where they live? The Global Development Network, in partnership with the Gates Foundation, is hosting an international essay contest to invite fresh thinking related to these and other questions on the future of foreign aid. Up to 20 winning entries will be chosen and receive $20,000 each.

Details about the essay themes and topics as well as eligibility criteria and further guidelines are available on the GDN Next Horizons Essay Contest 2014 page. This information is also available in French and Spanish. Essay submissions will be accepted in English, French, or Spanish through 15 September 2014.

May-June Issue of the Newsletter is Out!

Protest MarchCheck out the latest issue of the IBP e-newsletter to read some great articles, find out about the “Stop Secret Contracts” campaign, check out our new job opportunities, and much more! Articles highlight topics such as service delivery online in India, the impact of scrutiny in improving public audits, and the lessons that we have learned about using budgets to transform lives.

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IBP Response to Revisions to the Sustainable Development Goals

logo_owg_engIn a letter to the United Nations’ Open Working Group (OWG) regarding its draft revisions to the Sustainable Development Goals, IBP and partner organizations in 64 countries expressed concern about the removal of the specific reference to access to information on public financial management, procurement, and national development plans from the list of enumerated targets. In the letter, IBP lays out the issues at stake with the removal of this language and offers alternative solutions to address the matter. IBP hopes that the letter will help the OWG recognize the importance of what is at stake, both for country-level accountability and for international monitoring and learning efforts.

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