A new report released today by AID/WATCH, has revealed that an AusAID supported railway rehabilitation project in Cambodia has led to the displacement of hundreds of people and prompted the near shut-down of civil society.
When nations gather in Busan, South Korea, for the fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, transparency will be up for discussion. A study by campaign group Publish What You Fund finds that most international aid donors are still not open enough about their aid programmes, and some offer no information at all.
AID/WATCH along with a coalition of 98 civil society organisations from around the world are calling on governments and other aid donors to publish more and better information about the money they give.
BetterAid is calling for applications from civil society organisations to participate in the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, which will be held in Busan, Korea from 29 November – 1 December 2011. The deadline is 8 May 2011.
Today’s historic majority High Court decision on the charitable status of Aid/Watch is a significant win for Australian charities who engage in advocacy and lobbying activity and ends a four year gag on free speech for many NGOs.