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23 January 2024

What the OECD’s latest data tells us about global aid in 2022

What does the OECD DAC's latest aid data show about the disbursement of ODA in 2022? This blog discusses some of the trends shown by the data, including top recipients, ODA to LDCs and the increasing cost of loans.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

29 June 2023

What’s changing about the UK’s efforts on global nutrition?

New analysis lays bare the dramatic scaling back of the UK’s efforts on global nutrition. What does this mean for the UK’s engagement on this agenda moving forwards?

Written by Anna Hope

External Relations & Marketing Lead

17 April 2023

New DAC data reveals the impact of the Ukraine invasion on aid

The rise in in-donor refugee costs associated with the Ukraine invasion means less money for LDCs. The latest DAC data shows they are paying the price for challenges elsewhere.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

5 April 2023

Reflections on the future of financing for development in the countries with the greatest needs

The world is not currently on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. In this blog, Maria Ana Jalles d’Orey and Martha Getachew Bekele explore how key takeaways from LDC5 could help inform future development financing decisions.

Written by

Maria Ana Jalles d’Orey, Martha Getachew Bekele

16 March 2023

Spiralling emergency accommodation costs from the UK’s Home Office are diverting aid from the world’s poorest

This blog argues that the UK should remove in-donor refugee costs from its aid target to avoid failing the people most in need.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

16 February 2023

Counting excess vaccine donations as ODA inflated aid in 2021: Here's why they still shouldn't count

DI's Euan Ritchie explains how donors counted vaccines as ODA in 2021, and why the current OECD DAC rules on counting vaccines should change to stop inflating aid

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

7 February 2023

The DAC debates: why aid measurement matters for development

The way we measure aid affects the type and quantity provided as well as our perceptions of it. Why are the DAC's rules controversial?

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

13 December 2022

Should lending special drawing rights (SDRs) count as aid?

Rechanneling special drawing rights to low- and middle-income countries is an elegant solution to address global problems. Using them as an excuse to cut aid elsewhere is self-defeating.

Written by Euan Ritchie

Senior Development Finance Policy Advisor

27 September 2022

What happened to aid for governance and civic space during Covid-19?

TAI and DI use recent OECD data to assess whether aid donors prioritised good governance and civil society in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic

Written by

Anna Hope, Jenny Lah