The third grandly titled ‘High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness’ took place earlier this month in the Ghanaian capital Accra. Convened to increased aid effectiveness and transparency the forum looked at factoring new actors as well as criteria into the aid paradigm. These included broadening the range of civil society input and factoring in climate change to aid targets.
The promises made at the Accra forum led Development Industry to speculate of a World without the need for Aid Donors and Development Agencies.
The Better Aid blog has for the past week carried a host of articles detailing the events in Accra. Written by Nuria Molina in this article she heartenly applaudes the role played by civil societies at the conference.
Throughout this month Hii Dunia is hosting a series of articles by Lee Taylor and others on the contemporary history of Somalia and the plight of its people.
This week the Frontline Club in London is hosting a series of events to draw attention to what it sees as the forgotten plight of Somalia. A series of screenings and talks culminate on Thursday 11th September with a Media Talk called ‘Somalia – War Within Wars’. Speakers include Sally Healy from the UK based think tank Chatham House and the editor of Africa Confidential Patrick Smith.
With more than 8000 Somalians killed by ongoing fighting in the last year many thousands more have fled and joined the already large Somali Diaspora that has found refuge in the World’s largest refugee camp at Dadaab just inside Kenya. The Guardian’s Xan Rice reported from the camp earlier this month. The camp and others are currently experiencing a rise in its numbers from those fleeing the latest civil instability within Somalia.
Children in Conflict
The ‘Forced Migration and Current Awareness Blog’ this month listed seven publications it sourced that have focused on the continued role of children in conflict and the lasting effects this can have on them.
From the Front Line last month carried an engaging article based on the work of CARE International highlighting the continued role of Children in the conflict in Eastern Chad and Darfur. The reporter David Axe wrote;
“...on June 20 this reporter observed several child soldiers in Chadian army service during a massive “friendly fire” incident in the eastern town of Gore. For two hours, elements of the Chadian army fought a running battle with other Chadian soldiers, each side apparently mistaking the other for Sudan-based rebel infiltrators.”
Meanwhile, Kate over at the excellent Unpacking Development site is attending another conference. This site's knack at adding a personable touch to subjects or events that can otherwise appear distant or irrelevant is refeshing. Kate has recently attended the Medicine 2.0 conference in Toronto her experiences of the conference can be found here and here.