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Latest blog posts
New DAC data reveals the impact of the Ukraine invasion on aid
The rise in in-donor refugee costs associated with the Ukraine invasion means less money for LDCs. The latest DAC data shows they are paying the price for challenges elsewhere.
Reflections on the future of financing for development in the countries with the greatest needs
The world is not currently on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. In this blog, Maria Ana Jalles d’Orey and Martha Getachew Bekele explore how key takeaways from LDC5 could help inform future development financing decisions.
Spiralling emergency accommodation costs from the UK’s Home Office are diverting aid from the world’s poorest
This blog argues that the UK should remove in-donor refugee costs from its aid target to avoid failing the people most in need.
Counting excess vaccine donations as ODA inflated aid in 2021: Here's why they still shouldn't count
DI's Euan Ritchie explains how donors counted vaccines as ODA in 2021, and why the current OECD DAC rules on counting vaccines should change to stop inflating aid
The DAC debates: why aid measurement matters for development
The way we measure aid affects the type and quantity provided as well as our perceptions of it. Why are the DAC's rules controversial?
Should lending special drawing rights (SDRs) count as aid?
Rechanneling special drawing rights to low- and middle-income countries is an elegant solution to address global problems. Using them as an excuse to cut aid elsewhere is self-defeating.
What happened to aid for governance and civic space during Covid-19?
TAI and DI use recent OECD data to assess whether aid donors prioritised good governance and civil society in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic
Climate finance to Africa: What we know about ODA
This blog explores how better climate finance to countries experiencing protracted crisis can contribute towards our global future.
Why we should target country-programmable aid instead of ODA
A fixed target for both stable and volatile aid spending makes little sense. This blog suggests focusing on an alternative measure: country-programmable aid.