HRW Report: “Ethiopia: Donor Aid Supports Repression”

Ethiopia_AidListThis is an important report from Human Rights Watch, which could apply to other countries as well… we must act.

Ethiopia: Donor Aid Supports Repression: Contributors Should Review Development Programs, Monitor Use of Funds
The Ethiopian government is routinely using access to aid as a weapon to control people and crush dissent. If you don’t play the ruling party’s game, you get shut out. Yet foreign donors are rewarding this behavior with ever-larger sums of development aid.
Rona Peligal, Africa director at Human Rights Watch
(London) – The Ethiopian government is using development aid to suppress political dissent by conditioning access to essential government programs on support for the ruling party, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch urged foreign donors to ensure that their aid is used in an accountable and transparent manner and does not support political repression.
The 105-page report, “Development without Freedom: How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia,” documents the ways in which the Ethiopian government uses donor-supported resources and aid as a tool to consolidate the power of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

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UNITAID Calls for Campaign to Mobilise Innovative Financing

Unitaid_pillsGeneva, 6 October 2010 – UNITAID welcomes donor countries’ pledges to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, made yesterday in New York at the agency’s third replenishment meeting. However, the final figure of USD 11.7 billion is less than hoped for as it falls short of the low-end funding scenario of USD 13 billion. Other funds must now be mobilised to address current needs.
“The fight against the three diseases still requires additional funding,” said Jorge Bermudez, UNITAID Executive Secretary. “We need to ensure that in this time of financial constraints the poorest are not neglected and that programmes that work are adequately funded.”

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