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

In 2000, there were few sources of development assistance available for developing countries to fund their development. Finance from the so-called ‘traditional’ donors – members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) – accounted for the vast majority of available external development assistance.

Today, the aid landscape has changed dramatically. The growth of other forms of development assistance – funding from non-DAC donors (such as China and India), climate finance funds, social impact investors, philanthropists and global vertical funds – has greatly outpaced that of traditional aid.

A new ‘age of choice’ of external financing options for developing countries is dawning. This project explores the challenges and opportunities faced by developing countries managing development assistance in this new landscape. It particularly focuses on the priorities and strategies that developing country governments employ in managing aid from both traditional and less traditional providers.

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The age of choice: Fiji and Vanuatu in the new aid landscape

Research reports and studies | September 2014 | Annalisa Prizzon and Maya Schmaljohann
This report reviews the experiences of Fiji and Vanuatu in managing non-traditional development assistance (NTDA) flows as part of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) project ‘The age of choice: how are developing countries managing the new aid landscape?’

Debt sustainability in HIPCs in a new age of choice

Working and discussion papers | June 2014 | Annalisa Prizzon and Shakira Mustapha
A literature review and assessment of the achievements of multilateral and heavily indebted poor countries (HIPC) debt relief initiatives as well as the impact of 'new' debt-creating development finance flows on debt sustainability.

Debt sustainability in HIPCs in a New Age of Choice: Taking stock of the debt relief initiatives and implications of the new development finance landscape for public debt sustainability

Round-table | 19 June 2014 13:00 - 14:30 GMT+01 (BST)
​ODI is organizing a roundtable that convenes experts on debt issues from academia, multilateral development banks and NGOs to present and debate findings from a forthcoming working paper that reflects on how new debt-creating flows will impact on debt sustainability.
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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: Ethiopia in the new aid landscape

Research reports and studies | January 2013 | Annalisa Prizzon; Andrew Rodgerson
The Ethiopian economy has expanded at a remarkable rate and is recognised as one of the faster improvers by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Index. Such tangible results mean that Ethiopia is seen as a key partner by donors and is the top aid...

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.