Since the early1990s, the Reality of Aid (RoA) Network, a Southern-led North/South network on reforming aid policies and practices, publishes a major global report assessing development aid for poverty reduction with an emphasis on qualitative analysis of the national and multilateral aid regime.

The Reality of Aid Reports analyse and advocate key messages relating to the performance of aid donors from a unique perspective of civil society in both donor and recipient countries. These Reports have developed a reputation in many donor countries as an important independent comparative reference for accountability and public awareness of development cooperation issues.

This year, RoA will hold the International Launch of the Reality of Aid 2014 Report on 4 December 2014, 6pm at Espresso Café, OECD Conference Centre, 2 rue André Pascal, 75016 Paris, France.

The theme of the 2014 Report is “Rethinking Partnerships in a Post-2015 World: Towards Equitable, Inclusive and Sustainable Development.” The contributors explored the following topics:

  • Principles and practice for inclusive partnership at the global and national levels,
  • New (and existing) models of partnering for positive development outcomes for the poor, and
  • Preconditions for equitable partnerships that contribute to sustainable development outcomes for the poor.

For over 20 years, the global network has focused on the contributions of development finance, and in particular aid, to sustainable development. With less than a year before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire, RoA now focuses on how development cooperation should adapt to the new post-2015 environment, particularly the partnerships that underscore such cooperation.

The 2014 Report examines current proposals for the post-2015 agenda, and for the financing of this agenda, in particular with respect to the issue of global, regional and national partnerships, and partnerships that engage a range of development actors. Through this examination, RoA contributes a global civil society perspective on the issues, with key messages framed by the network’s focus on maximizing contributions to poverty eradication, within a framework that is defined by human rights standards.

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