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Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Gap Task Force Report 2013

The Global Partnership for Development - The Challenge We Face

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The 2013 Report informs that there has been a certain backsliding on a number of commitments covered by MDG 8 in the past year, and some progress in others. Official development assistance has fallen for a second year in a row and the multilateral trade negotiations remain at an impasse, but duty free access for exports from developing countries has improved. But while usage of information and communication technologies increases, the costs remain higher in developing countries and essential medicines remain insufficiently accessible. Thus, there are some signs that political momentum for advancing international development cooperation has weakened. However, some governments have consistently pursued their commitments despite domestic austerity policies.

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Official development assistance

The financial and economic crisis of 2008-2009 and the post-crisis austerity policies in a number of donor countries have broadly had a negative impact on outlays for official development assistance (ODA), which suffered a second consecutive year of contraction in 2012. It is encouraging to see that there are exceptions, however, as some donor countries reiterated their intention to fulfil their commitments in support of the efforts of developing countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and are increasing aid, despite adverse budgetary conditions. As the international community moves towards adopting a post-2015 development agenda, it is crucial that there be an adequate volume and quality of ODA, complemented by new and innovative forms of international public financing. Recently, disappointing flows signal a challenge that must be addressed; ad hoc and official forums on development cooperation provide opportunities to meet that challenge.

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