Bloggers have slipped in to talking about blogging and technology. The next session is likely to focus on the draft communiqué that was leaked to the FT.
One section says:
“The world’s poorest are most at risk from the crisis and we are resolved to support them. We remain committed to meeting the millennium development goals and to achieving our ODA pledges including commitments on aid for trade. We are making available $[x] in social protection for the poorest countries, alongside investing in food security, and we support the World Bank’s vulnerability financing framework.”
What is ‘social protection’? we need to see safety net programmes (e.g. nutritional support for pregnant mohers and children under two), cash for work, maternity and child benefits and pensions. Save the children research shows that giving cash to people is an effective way of helping children.
However, by tomorrow we need to know that the support is new money and not just reallocations and that we are not tyring to invent new systems. it’s quicker to support exisitng ways to distribute additional resources