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The World in 2050: Economic Growth, Climate Change and the Implications for Poverty
May 09, 2022
This blog briefly reviews various projections for economic development to 2050 and takes a closer look at arguably the most authoritative assessment of what the longer-term future might hold for development, the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), produced for the IPCC.
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Lies, Damned Lies and Aid Statistics
April 20, 2022
Recently, the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) published the annual statistics summarizing how much foreign aid its 30 member states, including Austria, provided in 2021, loudly trumpeting the all time high levels of ODA achieved. It’s a good time to reflect on the uncomfortable tension...
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The Vaccine Mark-Up: Counting More in ODA than We Paid for Vaccines is Illogical, Immoral, and Unpopular
February 07, 2022
Someone in a high-income country is 11x more likely to have been fully inoculated than someone in a low-income country. We set out here how the OECD plans to count COVID vaccines, why this reduces the UK’s overall spending on ODA, and how MPs think we should count them.
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ODA Rules Must Ensure that Vaccine Donations Count for the Poor
October 21, 2021
After buying up the World’s vaccine supply to ensure they can protect their own populations, rich countries have found themselves struggling to use the vaccine surpluses they accumulated. One response has been to donate the spare doses to countries who need them more. This is laudable, and countries...
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How to Assess the Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA)
May 06, 2021
There is a lot of money being spent on official development assistance (ODA). The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) confirmed recently that countries provided over $160 billion in ODA in 2020. But ten years on from the global agreement reached in Busan, South Korea to imp...
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If We’re Going to Fund Climate Mitigation from ODA, We Need to Double It.
March 18, 2021
There is not enough ODA to cope adequately with existing development challenges, and yet it is now being charged with funding a large share of donor country commitments toward global climate finance. We think it should be doubled.
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Hitting 0.7 For 0.7’s Sake: The Perils of the Global Aid Funding Target
March 03, 2021
Amid the news that France is legislating a target to give 0.7 percent of GNI as official development assistance, Ranil Dissanayake takes a deep look at what this means in practice.