MEP DEVISES PIONEERING NEW
FOR DELIVERING INTERNATIONAL AID
NIRJ DEVA DL MEP
Member of the European Parliament for the South East of England
In a move towards what he described as transparency and accountability,
South East of England MEP Nirj Deva this week suggested pioneering
reforms to the way international aid is delivered to the worst affected
Leaning on his experience as a long-standing Member of the European
Parliaments International Development Committee, Deva, who witnessed
the Asian tsunami said:
It is clear that we currently have a problem with the way humanitarian
aid and assistance is distributed.
All too often the money donated by individuals and Governments
simply disappears down a black hole of theft and bureaucracy with
no way for decision makers or the public to keep tabs on projects.
These problems can not be solved by waiving a magic wand, but
they can be solved by the click of a button.
It is vital that we set up as soon as possible a web-based
system accessible to all, and updated regularly by teams of data entry
people. This would report exactly how much money has been paid into
each country, to which sectors the money has been allocated, and for
which project within each sector the money is being drawn down.
By putting such information into the hands of the general public,
Government officials and aid workers, we would also be able to include
up-to-date photographs of school projects, railway lines and other
facilities provided by funding from charities and Government bodies.
In this way the people who donated the funds will, for the
first time in history, be able to see exactly what is happening to
their money. Countries affected by the Tsunami crisis such as Indonesia,
Sri Lanka and Thailand all have internet and telephone capacities
to support such a system.
What I am suggesting is no more and no less than what the commercial
and financial sectors around the world are already doing. It is, put
simply, what is expected in all major projects from global banking
transactions, airline bookings to the global daily sales of hamburgers!
Deva has written to the Secretary General of the United Nations,
Kofi Annan outlining his proposals in detail, as well as obtaining
firm commitments from Transparency International Chief Executive David
Nussbaum to oversee the integrity of any system implemented.
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