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Useful Links

Useful links and further reading towards reforming the measurement of Official Development Assistance.

Critiques - New Rules on ODA Loans:

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Roodman, D., Center for Global Development, December 2014: "Political Compromise is not mathematically beautiful"

02.

Roodman, D., Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 2015: “On Measuring Loan Concessionality in Official Development Assistance” 

03.

Ritchie, E., Center for Global Development, November 2020: “Mismeasuring ODA— How Risky Actually Are Aid Loans?”

Critiques of the New Rules on Reporting Debt Relief as ODA:

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EURODAD, May 2020: “Will donors finally agree on fair rules for reporting debt relief as ODA?”

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EURODAD, June 2020: “Donor countries will undermine the integrity of aid if they continue reporting debt relief as ODA”

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Position paper of CSO group, July 2020: “Joint civil society submission to the July 2020 OECD Development Assistance Committee meeting addressing debt relief reporting measures”

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DEVEX, August 2020: “OECD DAC issues new rules that count debt relief as ODA”

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Rivera, J., ONE, August 2020: “Why the DAC’s latest move is bad for global development”

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Ritchie, E., Center for Global Development, October 2020: “New DAC Rules on Debt Relief – A Poor Measure of Donor Effort”

07.

EURODAD, November 2020: “Four challenges when it comes to reporting debt relief as ODA”

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Riegler, H., Globale Verantwortung, November 2020: “New rules on reporting debt relief as aid lack credibility and signal a decline in the OECD's statistical culture”

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Ritchie, E., Center for Global Development Europe, September 2020: “Measuring ODA: Four Strange Features of the New DAC Debt Relief Rules”

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Ritchie, E., Center for Global Development Europe, May 2021: “Do ODA Loan Rules Incentivise Lending to Poorer Countries?”

11.

Cutts, S., Brookings, April 2022, “Give credit where credit’s due: Development assistance in loans should reflect donor effort”

Further and wider critiques and suggestions for change:

01.

Scott, S., Brookings, September 2019: “A note on current problems with ODA as a statistical measure”

02.

Scott, S., and Moorehead, S., Brookings, November 2019: “The ongoing debate on the reform of the definition of Official Development Assistance”

03.

Bissio, R., Global Policy Watch, Blog, December 2019: “ODA: Can the players also be scorekeepers?”

04.

Riegler, H., Globale Verantwortung, March 2020: “Some reflections and suggestions on the June 2019 TOSSD Reporting Instructions”

05.

BLOG: Rogerson, A. and Ritchie, E., Center for Global Development, December 2020: “Playing Snakes and Ladders with International Development Aid: When Fragile Accounting Rules and Political Pressures Mix” 

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PAPER: Rogerson, A. and Ritchie, E., Center for Global Development, December 2020: “ODA in Turmoil: Why Aid Definitions and Targets Will Come Under Pressure in the Pandemic Age, and What Might be Done About It?”

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Scott, S., and Riegler, H., Global Policy Watch, June 2021, Blog “Mismeasuring foreign aid”

09 i.

Cutts, S., Letters to the DAC Chair and attached papers (February/April 2022)

09 ii.

Cutts, S., Letters to the DAC Chair and attached papers (February/April 2022)

09 iii.

Cutts, S., Letters to the DAC Chair and attached papers (February/April 2022)

09 iv.

Cutts, S., Letters to the DAC Chair and attached papers (February/April 2022)

09 v.

Cutts, S., Letters to the DAC Chair and attached papers (February/April 2022)

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Bureau of Investigative Journalism, March 2022, “UK could use vaccine donations to slash £140m from foreign aid spending”

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Dissanayake, R., Center for Global Development, April 2022, “Lies, Damned Lies and Aid Statistics”

12.

Cutts, S., Financial Times, July 2022, “Overseas Aid Statistics Are Not Credible”

13.

Horti, S., Daily Telegraph, August 2022, “Using Leftover Donations of Covid Vaccines as Foreign Aid Could Slash Humanitarian Spending”

14.

Mitchell, I. & Birdsall, N., Foreign Affairs, September 2022, “The Unkept Promises of Western Aid - How Donor Countries Cook Their Books and Let Down the Developing World”

15.

Oxfam, October 2022, “Climate Finance Short-Changed: The Real Value of the $100 Billion Commitment in 2019-20”

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Cutts, S., October 2022, Letter to the OECD Deputy Secretary-General for the Development Cluster and attached annexes

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Cutts, S., October 2022, Letter to the OECD Deputy Secretary-General for the Development Cluster and attached annexes

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Cutts, S., October 2022, Letter to the OECD Deputy Secretary-General for the Development Cluster and attached annexes

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Cutts, S., The Guardian, November 2022, “Who is Really to Blame for British Aid Not Reaching Poorer Countries”

20.

Devex, November 2022, “Devex Explains: Are We Overcounting ODA by Tens of Billions”

21.

Ritchie, E., Development Initiatives, February 2023, “The DAC debates: why aid measurement matters for development”

PSI:

01.

Atwood, B, Manning, R. and Riegler, H., Brookings, December 2018: “Don’t undermine the basic architecture of OECD/DAC statistics: A Letter of warning” (Open letter by former DAC/WP-STAT Chairs to the DAC Chair)

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Craviotto, N. / Caio, C., EURODAD, February 2021: “Time for action: How private sector instruments are undermining aid budgets” (blog)

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Craviotto, N. / Caio, C., EURODAD, February 2021: “Time for action: How private sector instruments are undermining aid budgets” (report)

Governance

01.

Scott, S., Statistika, December 2020: “Lessons from the Crisis in Foreign Aid Statistics”

02.

Lomoy, J., LOMOYBLOG, February 2021: “What is aid – and who decides? Time to give developing countries a seat at the table!”

03.

Kenny, C. and Mitchell, I., Center for Global Development, March 2023, “Is It Time to Challenge the DAC? A ‘Real Assistance Committee’ Could Help Fix Broken Rules on What Counts as Development Spend”
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