Innovation - Mapping the future of development finance

November 2011 to March 2013

Several currents of transformation are acting to disrupt the conventional development model of north-south flows of public resources and knowledge, including changes in actors, motivations, and power relations.

This project sets out to investigate the changing ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of development finance, and how they are all simultaneously in flux in profound ways.

It will frame the key scenarios and policy questions deriving from tectonic shifts in development objectives, actors, instruments and relationships, looking at ‘Horizon 2025’.

It will also assess ways in which aid recipients can best manage the challenge of coping with changing patterns and actors in development finance, with country case studies.

The DFID Accountable Grant has funded the Cambodia and Ethiopia country case studies.


Shaking up the aid game

Comment | 27 March 2013 | Romilly Greenhill
'In short, for developing countries, the new “age of choice” may offer a chance to cut the strings attached to traditional aid relationships and instead pursue their own visions for development.'
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The age of choice: developing countries in the new aid landscape

Public event | 27 March 2013 12:30 - 14:00 GMT+00

Amid the cut and thrust of high-level discussions on global goals and the architecture of development finance at the international level, a fundamental shift is taking place in developing countries. This event will present the findings of new research into how...


The age of choice: developing countries in the new aid landscape

Working and discussion papers | January 2013 | Romilly Greenhill, Annalisa Prizzon and Andrew Rogerson
This Working Paper examines the implications of the changing landscape of aid and development cooperation for developing countries. It examines how countries can best make use of the new choices available to them in financing their development strategies.

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...