MEET: Kata Molnar

Application article:

Az EUs fejlesztési támogatások nyomában

English summary: There are no quick fixes for the multitude of problems in developing countries. The benefits of development assistance can be fully realized only when governments in recipient countries are free from corruption. While the EU, through NEPAD, has tried to foster a sense of responsibility, certain levels of democracy and human rights should be stipulated as a core component of the ODA. Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals will be hampered if there is no economic growth and democracy. In the post 9/11 period, disbursement of ODA was politicized according to the foreign policy of donors. A large portion of development aid was diverted into their security interests. Security remains a high priority; however, other emerging issues such as promoting Fair Trade and China’s growing investments in Africa have to be taken into account by the EU. The effectiveness of EU development assistance demands strong collaboration between donors, recipients, the private sector and civil society. For greater efficiency, the delivery mechanism of EU assistance has to be closer to the people. The importance of ownership and the role of communities, though often overlooked, is critical for sustainable development.