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What everyone was expecting is now official. On July 9th, South Sudan will become the world’s newest country. But while the date is certain, there are still plenty of details to be worked out. There is no deal as of yet on sharing Sudan’s oil wealth, or on its nearly $40 billion in external debt. Successful resolution of the debt issue acceptable to both north and south and the international community is crucial to the success of the new nation and to avoiding a resumption of the long and bloody civil war.
In a refreshing discussion of COD Aid that’s what Andrew Rogerson calls our idea. Rogerson is an experienced player in aid delivery, having been at DfID and the OECD/Development Assistance Committee. His smart summary covers the latest news, including a pilot of COD Aid for Ethiopia being planned at DfID. It is smartly presented (as in COD implies for the recipient “no free lunch”), with an eye on the practical questions sponsors of COD Aid face.