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Aceh's unfinished recovery

Aceh's unfinished recovery

26 December 2014
Ten years after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, 'recovery' remains an unfinished journey for most Acehnese. While the province received billions in aid, Aceh's economy is stagnant and unemployment is high.
After Lima, clarity on climate finance remains elusive

After Lima, clarity on climate finance remains elusive

19 December 2014
Long term finance to help developing countries respond to climate change proved hugely contentious and difficult at this month’s climate talks in Lima. Despite some positive developments, a clear decision on climate finance at the Paris conference in December 2015 remains some way off.

What counts as 'aid'? New rules on concessionality

18 December 2014
Mark Lowcock, Permanent Secretary at the UK Department for International Development
'Various efforts were made over the last ten years to modernise the system. None were successful. The more time passed, the more the system – and the OECD's Development Assistance Committee itself – started to fall into disrepute. Standard setting bodies are only valuable if they are respected.'