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Reforming ODA – counting the private sector

March 8th, 2017

The DAC aims to promote greater private sector engagement in development by allowing ODA to be channelled through a wide range of “private sector instruments” (PSI). This means aid to invest in or give loans to private companies, or to underwrite their activities through guarantees. These proposals are arguably the biggest change to ODA rules for several decades. While civil society do support the notion that the private sector should play a strengthened role in sustainable development, and that certain ODA reforms could support this, we also believe that the current DAC proposals are flawed and risk eroding the value of ODA as a key international public resource for tackling poverty and vulnerability. (more…)

Improving UK aid – where next for development effectiveness?

November 16th, 2016

Ahead of the next High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Nairobi 30 November- 1 December, UKAN has published a new discussion paper outlining some of the key challenges ahead as well as opportunities.

The new Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals agreed in 2015 in the United Nations set an ambitious agenda for the world to achieve by 2030 and one that will require substantially more in the way of resources both aid and other, coherence of policy and approach within and between countries, and solutions to intractable or inherently political challenges that will require both political will and the resources to pay for it.  Ensuring that those resources are used effectively – ensuring value for money in terms of impact and development outcomes – and that all development stakeholders are included, accountable and responsible for delivering on development goals, is fundamentally what the development and aid effectiveness agenda and principles[1] are about. (more…)

Lessons to be learnt about how to manage aid exit and transition

November 16th, 2016

Today, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact published its review on DFID’s approach to exit and transitions in aid partnerships. DFID’s score was amber-red, which means that its record was unsatisfactory in most areas.

As this review highlights, there are clearly some important lessons to be learnt about how to do aid exit and transition better to make sure that we can build better post-aid relationships and secure the development impact of UK aid. Putting at risk development gains – potentially achieved over decades – is not good value for money nor does it live up to our commitments and responsibilities to partner countries.

It was also concerning the see the confirmation of the impact this can have on local civil society – both in terms of limiting influence and support to maintain vibrant civic space. Civil society plays a vital role in accountability, as a watchdog, helping people to hold their governments’ to account which can underpin better governance and is another way to help hold onto development wins. (more…)

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Lessons to be learnt about how to manage aid exit and transition

November 16th, 2016

Today, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact published its review on DFID’s approach to exit and transitions in aid partnerships. DFID’s score was amber-red, which means that its record was unsatisfactory in most areas.

As this review highlights, there are clearly some important lessons to be learnt about how to do aid exit and transition better to make sure that we can build better post-aid relationships and secure the development impact of UK aid. Putting at risk development gains – potentially achieved over decades – is not good value for money nor does it live up to our commitments and responsibilities to partner countries.

It was also concerning the see the confirmation of the impact this can have on local civil society – both in terms of limiting influence and support to maintain vibrant civic space. Civil society plays a vital role in accountability, as a watchdog, helping people to hold their governments’ to account which can underpin better governance and is another way to help hold onto development wins. (more…)