The future of aid

So called non-traditional donors – countries such as China and India that are outside of the rich-country Development Assistance Committee club – are now recognised as important players, and their ways of working might have as much influence as the quantity of finance they provide. The rise of private finance via global philanthropy organisations like the Gates Foundation, and increasingly directly via new forms of person-to-person giving facilitated by the communications revolution, are also bringing new resources and fresh ideas to the table.

At the same time, the geography of poverty is changing. Although the majority of the world’s poor presently live in Middle Income Countries (MICs), in a few years poverty is tipped to largely be located in fragile states, as highlighted by recent ODI research. This raises questions over the part aid has to play in promoting development in MICs, and injects new urgency into the challenge of promoting progress in the poorest countries.

As a new set of international goals are developed to replace the MDGs, the environmental limits within which development is taking place have come centre stage. Importantly, governments of countries most affected by aid are finding new ways to articulate their own priorities through groupings such as the g7+ and agreements such as the New Deal for Fragile States.    

This coming November ODI’s Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure (CAPE) will convene leading thinkers, experienced practitioners and key representatives from developing country governments to discuss the most important issues facing the future of development cooperation and aid. Running over two days, the conference will be streamed live online, allowing participation from all around the world.

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Horizon 2025: creative destruction in the aid industry

Research reports and studies | July 2012 | Homi Kharas and Andrew Rogerson
This paper aims to stimulate debate on the future of the international development architecture and explores how far some of today’s major development agencies are likely to be exposed to the resulting pressures to change course, emulate the disruptors or face...