Development finance and aid (ODA)

What do emerging trends in development finance mean for crisis actors?

Humanitarian

To strengthen joined-up approaches to financing across development and crisis sectors, there is a need for more concrete discussions. Development Initiatives (DI) is running ‘Building coherence between crisis, development and peace actors’, a series of webinars that aim to bring together actors from all sides to lay the foundations for future talks on building greater […]


Where we are and where we need to be on financing for development

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We are approaching the fourth anniversary of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, and it is clear the global aspirations set out in this landmark agreement are at risk. As global actors gather in New York this week for the fourth Financing for Development Follow Up Forum, we reflect on some of […]


DI's response to new aid spending figures

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Today, the OECD published aid spending figures from official donors in 2018, which show official development assistance has dropped, especially to countries with the highest levels of need. Harpinder Collacott, Executive Director at Development Initiatives, said “ODA is a critical resource for financing efforts to end extreme poverty and support the implementation of the Sustainable Development […]


What do emerging trends in development finance mean for crisis actors?

Humanitarian

Date 1 May 2019 Time 14.00–15.30 BST Location online webinar Format A series of short presentations followed by a facilitated discussion, with an opportunity to address questions directly to presenters and panellists Facilitator David Donoghue, Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the UN until 2017 and co-facilitator of global negotiations culminating in the 2030 Agenda in 2015 and the New York […]


New edition of Development Data Hub launched

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Development Initiatives’ Development Data Hub has launched edition 2.2 with the most recent available data on official development assistance (ODA, often referred to as aid), international finance, government finance, humanitarian assistance and vulnerability. Visit at http://data.devinit.org/ The Development Data Hub is a free data visualisation tool that provides a comprehensive online source for financial and […]


Is using ODA for blending a good use of scarce concessional resources?

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Blended finance is dominating international development financing discourse. Discussions at almost every conference relating to development seem to cover the potential of using development finance, including ODA, to mobilise additional commercial financing for development. This week’s World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings are no exception. It’s an important discussion to have. The unprecedented ambition of […]


Tracing Swedish aid to Tanzania using IATI data

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The report uses 2013–2015 International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data to trace Swedish aid to Tanzania to its end use. It finds that general budget support (GBS) accounted for much of Swedish aid in 2013 and 2015, but it could not determine final expenditures using IATI data. The authors could confirm that in 2014, 28% […]


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. […]