Development finance and aid (ODA)

Revised ODA casebook on conflict, peace and security: A useful resource but falls short of providing practical guidance on what activities can and cannot be counted as aid

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Although the spotlight in recent days has been on agreements made at the OECD DAC’s latest High-Level Meeting, we mustn’t overlook an important publication that demonstrates how previously agreed rule changes have been translated into practice. In 2016, governments agreed to new rules that allow for a wider set of peace and security activities to […]


An introduction to ODA modernisation

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The OECD DAC – the membership group of developed countries that provide ODA, or aid – has embarked on a process of modernising its system for how aid is monitored, measured and reported, potentially changing the fundamental nature of ODA. The rule changes are expected to be adopted at the High Level Meeting in October […]


New private sector instruments seen by stakeholders as the most important change to ODA

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The modernisation of official development assistance (ODA) comprises some of the biggest changes to official aid in decades. It’s also quite difficult to understand, full of technical jargon and acronyms. So last week, DI hosted a free webinar to unpack this process. ODA modernisation – led by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) […]


Webinar: How is aid changing? An introduction to ODA modernisation

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Date 20 September 2017 Time 10.00–11.30 am (BST) Location online webinar (register below) Development Initiatives speakers Cordelia Lonsdale, Senior Policy & Engagement Adviser; Rob Tew, Head of Technical Development About this webinar The OECD DAC – the membership group of developed countries that provides official development assistance (ODA), or aid – has embarked on a process of […]


Aid spending by Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors in 2016

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Key findings Total net ODA from DAC donors in 2016 was US$142.62 billion (US$143.33 billion in constant 2015 prices), up 8.9% on 2015 figures.[1] Both total ODA and ODA net of refugee-hosting costs increased. Total ODA net of refugee-hosting costs reached US$127.21 billion in 2016 (US$127.89 billion in constant 2015 prices), an increase of 7.1% […]


Final ODA data for 2015

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This report presents Development Initiatives’ initial analysis of that data, including: Comparison to preliminary ODA data Regional distribution of ODA Main recipient countries Trends in ODA to least developed countries (LDCs) The composition of ODA, including levels of loans, debt relief and refugee costs Key findings: There is no significant change in total ODA levels […]


Achieving the SDGs in the era of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

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In 2015, countries agreed the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, which highlighted the need for integrated national financing frameworks to support nationally owned sustainable development plans. This report analyses, for the first time, the key steps required for establishing integrated national financing frameworks. Ambitious agendas and diverse financing contexts Countries across the Asia-Pacific region have high […]


The Busan principles and blended finance: time to bridge the divide

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“Our partnership is founded on a common set of principles that underpin all forms of development co-operation. At the same time, we recognise that the ways in which these principles are applied differ … among the different types of public and private stakeholders involved.” [para 8] In fact, a number of non-governmental actors have signed […]


Foreign aid and stimulating domestic revenue mobilisation in Uganda and Kenya: dissemination event

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Date 29 July 2016 Time 07:30 – 11:00 EAT Location Uganda Revenue Authority,  Nakawa office, Kampala, Uganda Development Initiatives (DI) in partnership with the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) will hold a dissemination workshop to discuss the findings of a recent study on foreign aid and stimulating domestic revenue mobilisation  in Uganda and Kenya. The study looked at official […]