White Paper on International Development, 'Eliminating world poverty: Making governance work for the poor' (2006)

Consultation paper with contributions from over 600 MPs, organisations and people, written by DFID in consultation with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Whitehall and other partners.

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Publication Date: 2006
Author/Publisher: DFID - Department for International Development
Language: English

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The White Paper, entitled ‘Eliminating world poverty: Making governance work for the poor’, responds to four big challenges: first, the importance of good governance in poor countries; second, how to improve security, growth and public services to reduce poverty; third, the need to tackle climate change; and fourth, reforming the international system so that it is better equipped to deal with international problems.

The White Paper sets out DFID’s priorities and explains how we will work with the rest of UK Government, partner governments, international organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), academics and the private sector to fulfil the promises made in 2005 to significantly reduce world poverty.

The White Paper’s main messages are:
  • We will deliver the promises we made in 2005 by: increasing our development budget to 0.7% of gross national income by 2013; concentrating our resources on the poorest countries – particularly sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia – and working more in fragile states; making sure that wider UK policies support development; and doubling funding for science and technology.
  • We will put governance at the centre of our work – focusing on building states that are capable, responsive and accountable to their citizens. We will use a new framework for assessing the quality of governance to do this and use the assessment to tailor our support appropriately to country circumstances. We will also step up our efforts dramatically to tackle corruption internationally, for example through a new anti-corruption unit and follow up to Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
  • We will increase our effort to help people have security, incomes through growth and public services. We will commit 50% of all future bilateral aid to public services for poor people - social protection will be a major new area of work.
  • We will work internationally to tackle climate change, by helping developing countries to participate in international negotiations on climate change and to integrate adaptation to climate change impacts into their development programmes.
  • We will help create an international system fit for the 21st century, focusing on UN reform, a more effective and responsive World Bank, IMF and regional banks, and closer working relationships with EU Member States and the EC to ensure that EU aid is effective and that non-aid policies support development.


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