ODA modernisation

ODA modernisation: An update following the October 2017 HLM

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In September, Development Initiatives (DI) published a background paper outlining the various components of official development assistance (ODA) modernisation – or aid reform. Since then, more details have been published by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) on some aspects of ODA modernisation. The October high-level meeting (HLM) of the DAC has also addressed some […]


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 […]


New principles for DAC donors on blended finance

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At its High Level Meeting last week, the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) adopted a new set of principles (Annex 1 in their communiqué), providing high-level policy guidance on the use of blended finance for development. The principles were developed with the inputs of a multi-stakeholder senior advisory group set up by the OECD, in […]


What next for private sector instruments?

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For many years OECD DAC members have invested in the private sector of developing countries, often through development finance institutions (DFIs) – organisations set up by the donors specifically to make and manage such investments. However, much of this support to the private sector was not eligible to be counted as ODA – loans 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) […]