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Proposal for Spring Congress 05. - 07. April 2019

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Submitted at Friday, 8. March 2019 um 10:30 Uhr, in category "Chapter 4 – Business, Economy, Finance and Tax, Cross-Cutting Policies" with No. 402. Author/s: "Venstres Ungdom, Liberal Youth of Sweden (LUF), CUF - Centerpartiets Ungdomsförbund, JOVD.

The Spring Congress may decide:

Cutting development aid

Considering that:

· Foreign aid constitutes a significant portion of most European countries’ annual budgets, with Denmark, Norway, Holland, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom being the top donors of the OECD.

· Recipient countries are not performing particularly better than those who do receives billions of USD every year. Latest example is Botswana, whom without receiving as much as a penny from the international community, has managed to become a larger economy than Bulgaria.

·Study from University of Aarhus (2016) concludes that 80% of the cases of development aid-programs have not shown any improvement of macroeconomic performance in the long run.

Noting that:

· The evaluation of success has shown to be far too vague. The completion alone of newly build schools or hospitals financed by foreign aid e.g. Tanzania, does not constitute enough evidence for whether particular project has benefited the Tanzanian education system. The construction would not have been made possible without already existing infrastructure, which entails that the school was already in the local government’s budget planning.

· The game theoretic model of the Samaritan’s Dilemma has proved to be perfectly applicable to several recipient countries. Even though donor countries threaten certain recipients by cutting development-aid in exchange for improved civil rights and anti-corruption policies, non-compliance still results in nothing but unchanged amounts of aid sent.

LYMEC calls for:

·All states must reconsider their effort in their assistance to developing countries. The road to hell is built with good intentions, but in the long run, the fishing pole will always be more worth than the actual fish.

· All states should increase their focus on creating incentives for businesses to invest in a developing country and reduce trade barriers that are imposed upon them. By enhancing the relations between the private sector and the embassies representing e.g. sub-Saharan African nations, the funding will be minimized but yet significantly more focused. It is more worth investing in people and local entrepreneurs rather than corrupt governments.

· All states to reform their foreign aid to significantly increase emergency aid, reconstruction aid as well as support for democracy and human rights than development aid, which has proven ineffective.

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Amendments for this proprosal:

  • [11296] Replace: Page 1, Line 1 to Page 1, Line 1 (Antragsteller: Jong VLD - Brent Usewils). / V1

    The current title is misleading.

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 06:54 Uhr. Authors: "Jong VLD - Brent Usewils".

    Effective development aid

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  • [11263] Delete: Page 26, Line 7 to Page 26, Line 8 (Antragsteller: LLY, Speaker: Antanas Balčėtis). / V1

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:09 Uhr. Authors: "LLY, Speaker: Antanas Balčėtis".

    Delete line: "Latest example is Botswana, whom without receiving as much as a penny from

    the international community, has managed to become a larger economy than Bulgaria."

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  • [11355] Delete: Page 26, Line 7 to Page 26, Line 8 (Antragsteller: LYMEC Bureau - Antoaneta Asenova). / V1

    on line 7, delete the words "Latest example...till Bulgaria" Justification: This sentence is factually incorrect: The EU’s cooperation strategy with Botswana under the 11th European Development fund (2014-20) – outlined highlighted the Education sector and Public Sector reforms as its top two priorities for the EU – with an indicative allocation of €11 million for each. Civil society was also earmarked support of an initial amount of €6 million. The previous EDF (2008-13) prioritised funding for human resources development as a priority and granted €98.1 million in the form of sector budget support and technical assistance; The example given is also not accurate, with Botswana's GDP amounting to 17.41 billion USD for 2017, vs. 56.83 Billion USD for Bulgaria for 2017.

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 10:50 Uhr. Authors: "LYMEC Bureau - Antoaneta Asenova".

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  • [11313] Delete: Page 26, Line 22 to Page 26, Line 24 (Antragsteller: JUNOS - Junge Liberale NEOS). / V1

    Starting at "The road to hell ..."

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 08:20 Uhr. Authors: "JUNOS - Junge Liberale NEOS".

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  • [11312] Replace: Page 26, Line 22 to Page 26, Line 22 (Antragsteller: JUNOS - Junge Liberale NEOS). / V1

    "must"

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 08:18 Uhr. Authors: "JUNOS - Junge Liberale NEOS".

    should

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  • [11356] Insert after: Page 26, Line 32 (Antragsteller: LYMEC Bureau - Antoaneta Asenova). / V1

    After line 32 add the following: "Archiving Resolution 9.67/2015 on coherent and ambitious EU development policy" - Justification - the two resolutions have somewhat of a differing approach, if both are left in the Policy book would result in uncertainties with regards to LYMEC's position.

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 10:52 Uhr. Authors: "LYMEC Bureau - Antoaneta Asenova".

    Archiving Resolution 9.67/2015 on coherent and ambitious EU development policy.

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