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Post 2015 Development Agenda Panel Consultations Wrap-Up

The third and final confab of 30 global leaders tasked by the UN Secretary General to come up with a development agenda once the MDGs expire in 2015 met for the final time in Bali yesterday. Their final recommendations are due at the end of May, but a communique released in Bali offers some clues as to what might be included. Here are five key points the panel emphasized. (Devex http://bit.ly/14phMk3)

 Security Council to Approve “Search and Destroy” Peacekeepers for the DRC

This is a big departure from traditional UN peacekeeping. Tanzania, South Africa and Mozambique will likely contribute troops to this special force. According to the draft, MONUSCO would “carry out targeted offensive operations through the Intervention Brigade … either unilaterally or jointly with the (Congo army), in a robust, highly mobile and versatile manner … to prevent expansion of all armed groups, neutralize these groups, and to disarm them.” (Reuters http://reut.rs/XHVkLU)

Trendspotting: The Brave New World of Uncertain Aid

Tom Murphy takes a look at an emerging feature of international development. “Developing countries are entering an ‘age of choice’ says a new paper authored by [Jeremy Greenhill and the Overseas Development Institute.] That choice means that competition is increasing between donors and giving an increasing amount of control to countries over their development paths. The paper goes on to argue, ‘These new forms of financial assistance will have a game-changing effect on aid.’” (Humanosphere http://bit.ly/14pjEJo)

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