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Merkel says developing world needs better governance

The Local · 21 Sep 2010, 17:27

Published: 21 Sep 2010 17:27 GMT+02:00

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She also said the United Nations had to accept that efforts to eliminate poverty and hunger had fallen short of the Millennium Development Goals set a decade ago.

Germany is the world's third largest aid donor and Merkel said there should be more "results-based financing" to poorer nations who have demanded greater financial aid from the industrialised world at the summit.

"There is one thing we have to accept. The primary responsibility for development lies with the governments of the developing countries," Merkel said.

"It is in their hands whether aid can be effective. Therefore, support to good governance is as important as aid itself."

Merkel insisted that development assistance "can, apart from emergency situations, only be a contribution to national resources, never a substitute for them.

"Development aid cannot continue indefinitely. The task therefore is to use limited resources as effectively as possible. This can only work through good governance which taps that country's potential."

The German chancellor also called for greater efforts to promote a market economy and small businesses.

"Without self-sustaining economic growth, developing countries will find the road out of poverty and hunger to steep to climb."

Merkel also made a new plea for reform of the United Nations, to back Germany's case for a place on the UN Security Council.

"It is up to us, the member states of the United Nations to make the UN fit for the challenges of this century," she said, highlighting Germany's role as the third biggest contributor to the UN budget.

"For that reason Germany will continue to work resolutely for UN reform," she insisted.

Earlier on Tuesday, German Development Minister Dirk Niebel admitted that Germany was behind on its development goals, but said the country should be realistic about foreign aid funding following the global financial crisis.

“We are momentarily not within the plan, that is right,” the pro-business Free Democrat told broadcaster Deutschlandfunk, adding that the measuring rod should be adjusted.

This year Germany has managed to give just 0.4 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), but would maintain its goal to reach 0.7 percent by 2015, he said.

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“Only I don’t believe it is sensible or realistic to finance it all with tax revenue,” he told the broadcaster, pointing to the government coalition’s contract, which had included plans to us half of its revenue from CO2 emissions trading credits for development aid.

Niebel also said the country should mobilise funding from private businesses and organisations.

His comments followed Green party parliamentary leader Jürgen Trittin’s accusation that Chancellor Angela Merkel was failing to deliver on her development promises.


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Your comments about this article

19:14 September 21, 2010 by JSSL
I think it's a valid point...Development lies with the govt of the developing countries..I am from a developing country and I know how the corrupt govt official uses foreign aid to build their own bank balance and live a luxurous life-better than those in the west ( the middle class) who contribute to this aid...so why should I as a tax payer contribute to this govt croonies bank balance? Beyond my understanding!Also what I can not fathom is these croonie govt's audacity to demand more money from the industrial nations....
00:02 September 22, 2010 by Bishopbayern
You just cant trust the corrupt govts that they have. None of the money goes to the people.
06:31 September 22, 2010 by JohnPaul44
What kind of political pandering is this? Ms. Merkel knows perfectly well that all third-world governments are totally corrupt and always have been. It is a cultural norm and a way of life in such countries.

Her words may be "diplomatic" in government circles, but they are offensive to the taxpayers who pay for such payoff schemes.

All government aid should always go directly to the people of the receiving country, without allowing local governments to touch it or have any say in its distribution. This is elementary and obvious.
09:11 September 22, 2010 by catjones
Please keep my world simple and clear. Please keep your statements at a high, general and nebulous level. Do not make comparisons between the corruption of "third--world" countries and the convictions of German executives for bribery. And, most important, point the finger at something for me to complain about.
22:25 September 23, 2010 by derExDeutsche
At least they are up front about it now, They want your money to skim off the top and redistribute. Those Damn Rich People! Who do they think they are?!

No more, 'Global Warming' 'Climate Change' 'Carbon Credits' 'Carbon Exchange' 'Al Gore NWO BS'.

Now they just say it, 'We want you money so that we can give it away, which will in fact just perpetuate the problem, and we will be back sending more next year and a litle more each year til Kingdom come'. Thank you, Govt.!!!
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