2004-2005 is a major window for change in the international aid architecture. Agenda for the UK's concurrent chair of the G7 and the EU and for the 2005 UN Special Assembly on the Millennium Goals are in play. Major commissions on global governance will deliver verdicts. Elections loom large in several key countries. The mandates of other key leaders - EU, IMF and World Bank- are up for renewal. Meanwhile, the aid landscape is still adapting to rapid structural change. New instruments have been launched (like the Global Fund or the US Millennium Challenge Account) or mooted (the International Financing Facility) with profound implications for the system as a whole. Attitudes to multilateralism and to aid in post-conflict environments have shifted profoundly in the wake of 9/11. Ambitious commitments on the volume and quality of aid, and its anchoring in good governance and sovereign choice, have yet to be implemented. A stocktaking of where the aid system as a whole is headed is therefore timely.
This project involves a seminar series on the future of aid, running from January to February 2004, sponsored by DFID. The seminar series will also produce a series of Opinions papers.
The World Bank is funding a scoping paper to accompany the seminar series, entitled 'The International Aid System 2005-2010: forces for and against change.
The paper accompanies a seminar series in January and February 2004. It is intended for informal consultation and comments.
This event pressed on the use of evidence in aid policy, discussing where evidence was and was not being used correctly in formulating policy.
This event discussed the results of an evaluation for the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department of the Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This meeting looked at the terms of debate on aid, arguing that any discussion on the future of aid should not be too aid-centric, and that action was also needed for trade and other flows.
This event saw Shriti Vadera and Judith Randel discuss the role of financing institutions and how the delivery of aid can be accelerated to help efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
Multilateralism: the international aid agencies, their owners and competitors: do we still need them all?
This event looks at the different roles of various multilateral and bilateral actors within the aid community, looking at where they are heading and what controversies may surround the different roles among them.
This event discussed the issues influencing the future of aid and the credibility of the Millennium Development Goals as a benchmark for progress.