Development finance and aid (ODA)

Significant reforms are needed for UK aid spending to remain transparent and poverty focused

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Today the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee published a report following its inquiry into the definition and administration of official development assistance (ODA). This inquiry asked a critical question – how effective are government departments, beyond DFID, at administering their ever-growing proportion of the aid budget? And the answer for some departments is quite damning. […]


ODA for domestic resource mobilisation: Is it working?

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Domestic public resources are widely recognised as one of the most important sources of financing for developing countries to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Equally, the important part that official development assistance (ODA) can play in helping to strengthen and scale up domestic resource mobilisation for development is well understood. This has led to […]


Leaving no one behind: The vital role of development cooperation

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Today, I’m in New York to moderate the opening session of the UN Development Cooperation Forum, which focuses on the strategic role of development cooperation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and leaving no one behind. Preparing for this session has made me focus on what success, in its simplest terms, looks like. For me, […]


DFID’s aid spending for nutrition: 2016

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The report expands on previous reports[1] that looked at investments between 2010 and 2015, and uses the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement’s agreed methodology. Key findings: DFID disbursed US$805 million of nutrition-related official development assistance (ODA or aid) to developing countries in 2016: US$693 million on nutrition-sensitive interventions, and US$111 million on nutrition-specific interventions. Total nutrition-related […]


The latest trends in UK aid spending on nutrition

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This week we’ve published new analysis on the latest trends in the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)’s spending on nutrition. This data blog highlights six notable trends, with headlines including that half of all nutrition spending goes to humanitarian interventions, while sub-Saharan Africa continues to receive the highest concentration of nutrition funding from DFID. We […]


Will blended finance lead to private sector growth in developing countries?

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Donors are facing increasing pressure to scale up their investments in blended finance in order to mobilise additional commercial finance to plug the funding gap for the Sustainable Development Goals. Clear prominence is being given to the topic at this year’s UN Financing for Development Forum, and it will also feature during the World Bank […]


How we must approach poverty eradication in today's world

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The world is quickly changing; it is far more interconnected and complex than ever before. As such, new ways of working are needed to meet the ambitions set by the Global Goals and various summits of 2015 and 2016. Policies and financing models of the past 50 years will not get us the success we […]


Accounting for ODA loans: The effect of the new rules

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The official system for how official development assistance (ODA) is monitored, measured and reported is being modernised. As part of this process, rules on how loans are accounted for in ODA are changing. Currently the full value of concessional loans from donors is counted as ODA and capital repayments on old ODA loans are then […]


Using IATI to trace US aid to Ghana

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The report uses data from the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI); aid flow traceability throughout the implementation chain is a key part of IATI, which provides up-to-date and reliable aid data to improve accountability, coordination and effectiveness. More than 600 development organisations publish to the IATI Standard, but there remains a traceability gap that stems […]