Leading Aid Agencies and Human Rights Advocates

Leading Aid Agencies and Human Rights Advocates

January 26, 2011 12:03 ET

Funding and Targets for Poorest of the Poor is Strong First Move by Accountability Commission Say Leading Aid Agencies and Human Rights Advocates

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2011) - Prime Minister Harper's announcement today of additional funding and outcome targets for Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Mozambique is right on track for reducing child and maternal deaths. Making this kind of commitment and ensuring that these funds that go directly to national governments are accounted for and deliver results in lives saved is exactly what this WHO Commission on Information and Accountability was created for. 

Last year saw groundbreaking promises made to improve the health of women and children around the world. However, promises alone are not enough. It is critical that this commission establish an objective and transparent mechanism for the international community to make sure that the maternal, newborn and child health resources are getting to the world's poor. There must also be a commitment to equity as systems for checks and balances are designed. 

Our agencies call on the Co-Chairs and the Commissioners to ensure that information leads to action. Key pieces of information, like birth and death statistics, must be collected and shared if we are to know where to put our collective efforts and know if they are working. But accountability is about more than monitoring. Monitoring must include a review and remedy to ensure that promises are kept and effective programs are delivered on the ground.

Accountability of INGOs is equally important. INGO members of our coalition have already committed to working together as Canadian agencies to align and coordinate our tracking and reporting and have independent evaluations of our efforts.

If this Commission is successful, the international community will be able to show better health and lives saved to leverage the tens of billions still needed every year to keep our promise to the world's poor. This is an important step to achieving the Millennium Development Goals on health by 2015 – an effort that will be secured through political will, a drive to action, and fueled by a global community that values and keeps its commitments to increasing aid as a critical part of the solution.

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Interviews/Comment:

CEOs of CARE, Plan, Results Canada, Save the Children, UNICEF Canada and World Vision are available for comment.

Contact Information

  • CARE
    Kieran Green
    cell: 613.799.7562
    or
    Save the Children
    Cicely McWilliam
    cell: 647-291-1683
    or
    Plan
    Kristy Payne
    cell: 416-568-6525
    or
    UNICEF
    Cathy Carter
    cell: 416-737-8519
    or
    Results
    Chris Dendys
    cell: 613-808-3491
    or
    World Vision
    Tiffany Baggetta
    cell: 416-305-9612