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Verhoog de effectiviteit van de ontwikkelingshulp

PARIJS – Er is nog nooit zo hard gepoogd een einde te maken aan de armoede in de wereld als nu. In 2014 bereikte de officiële ontwikkelingshulp voor het tweede achtereenvolgende jaar een historisch hoogtepunt van $135 mrd, volgens nieuwe cijfers van de OESO. Dit duidt erop dat de geavanceerde economieën zich blijven inspannen voor het stimuleren van de mondiale ontwikkeling, ondanks hun eigen recente problemen.

Tel bij dit alles de substantiële uitgaven van Arabische en Latijns-Amerikaanse landen en China op, in de vorm van investeringen en leningen, en het is duidelijk dat de geldstromen naar de ontwikkelingslanden een ongekend niveau hebben bereikt. Toch mag de vreugde over deze cijfers het zicht niet belemmeren op de mogelijkheden om deze fondsen effectiever in te zetten.

De officiële hulp van de donorlanden heeft ertoe bijgedragen de extreme armoede en kindersterfte te halveren en de vooruitgang op vele andere fronten te bevorderen. Maar het begint nu duidelijk te worden dat de duurzame ontwikkelingsgelden niet zullen volstaan om de extreme armoede in 2030 de wereld uit te helpen en de nieuwe Sustainable Development Goals(Duurzame Ontwikkelingsdoelen) van de Verenigde Naties te implementeren, waarover later dit jaar overeenstemming moet worden bereikt.

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