Aid to the social sectors (e.g., healthcare and education, water and sanitation, and social protection) is justified on the overwhelming evidence that links these fundamental factors to labour productivity, economic growth, poverty reduction, and ultimately human development.
The research of the ReCom – Research and Communication on Foreign Aid programme shows that development assistance has facilitated investment in people in developing countries: an average annual inflow of US$25 aid per capita augments average schooling by 0.4 years, boosts life expectancy by 1.3 years, and reduces infant mortality.
This “Results Meeting” on the social sectors will bring together leading experts in social sector policy, development professionals from donor agencies, parliamentarians from Nordic countries, members of the international NGO community and policymakers from aid-supported developing countries.
The event is designed to reach out to the general public, and present and discuss ReCom research findings. Among the results to be discussed are:
For more information, see the event announcement on the UNU-WIDER website.
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ReCom is a 3-year, internationally oriented research programme implemented by UNU-WIDER, with financial support from Sida and Danida. It aims to provide cutting-edge evidence about “what works”, “what could work”, “what is scalable” and “what is transferable” in the area of development cooperation, and to communicate this to the wider public. See http://recom.wider.unu.edu/ for more information.
Carl-Gustav Linden, UNU-WIDER Communications Specialist