In 2009 G8 Leaders made a public commitment to monitor their progress on the promises they have made on development. Since the Muskoka G8 summit in 2010 they have published an annual Accountability Report. This year’s report has been published ahead of the Lough Erne Summit, as a concrete demonstration of transparency and accountability that will be key themes of the Summit.
The report covers over 60 development commitments made over the past 11 years covering nine key development challenges: Aid and Aid Effectiveness, Economic Development, Health, Water and Sanitation, Food Security, Education, Governance, Peace and Security, and Environment and Energy. These have been self-assessed using an innovative scorecard approach using a 5 point Red-Amber-Green rating in an effort to make the report more accessible and to track progress against the promises in a more transparent way. The assessments use a combination of publically available, independently verifiable data and G8 members self-assessments for some of the more qualitative commitments. In compliance with the Open Data Initiative the data underlying the figures, tables and charts in this Report can be found in the Lough Erne Accountability Report - data tables.
The results rate progress as good in six sectors: economic development, health, water and sanitation, food security, governance and peace and security and satisfactory in three: aid and aid effectiveness; education; and environment and energy. The report demonstrates that the G8 has made progress on its commitments but that there is more to do.
The Lough Erne Accountability report reflects the G8’s own assessment of its progress on development promises. In the spirit of mutual accountability and to foster continuing improvement we asked a number of key stakeholder organisations to comment on the report. We are grateful to the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the Overseas Development Institute for taking time to review the report. Their views are available here. We welcome these and hope they will help stimulate further debate about G8 accountability. We undertake to take these views into consideration and feed them into the G8 accountability process under future Presidencies.