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The Reality of Aid-Asia Pacific initiates a sign-on campaign that forwards a CSO critique on ADB’s Draft Environmental and Social Framework (ESF). To join the sign-on campaign, please fill in this form on or before January 30, 2024. RoA-AP will forward the CSO critique to relevant ADB units on January 31, 2024. For correspondence, email roaap_secretariat@realityofaid.org. I. Context The Asian Development Bank (ADB) commits itself to the achievement of a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and
The ongoing violent occupation of Israeli forces in Palestine has exposed the talons of militarization of aid in Asia Pacific and most especially, of US interventionist strategies. With Israel receiving a total of USD 3.8 billion worth of financial assistance from the US alone this year, they persist as the top recipient of US military aid. WIth such a great amount of financing, Israel continues with its brazen acts of violence against the Palestinian peoples.
Today’s development landscape heavily favours the private sector, oftentimes at the the expense of people and the environment. Amid this state of development finance, the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) and The Reality of Aid Network (RoA) sought to examine the increasing role of the private sector in development.   The effort came in the form of the Private Sector Watch, whose Global Synthesis Report 2023 was launched last November 23, and featured nine new
Following severe global crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate emergency, wars and conflicts, and inflation, the world is now further off-track from attaining the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The private sector has been held up as a ‘silver bullet,’ with private financing touted as a means of filling the gaps in development undermined by national governments and multilateral institutions. In recent years, the sector has emerged as a key development actor, and given
South-South Cooperation (SSC) has been regaining traction in recent years. Due to setbacks in North-South Cooperation, calls for new development efforts are increasing. Development partnerships among Southern states aim to be complementary to traditional cooperation and is rooted on horizontality, solidarity, and respect for national sovereignty and ownership. SSC offers itself as a modality that attempts to shift away from ineffective development cooperation practices. One of its core principles, which came from the Bandung Era,
After decades of aggression between Israeli occupation forces and the Palestinian people, the past weeks witnessed relentless attacks on civilians and wide-scale human rights violations. Driven by their right to self-determination, Palestinian armed resistance forces have long fought for their independence and rights over their land. Israel’s response remains violent, launching bombs, air strikes and dangerous chemicals on its occupied territories, detaining civilians, cutting off access to water, power, food and medical supplies, forcing millions

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