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…)

Event – Innovation… and effectiveness? Challenges, risks and opportunities for blended finance

November 14th, 2016

Side event at the 2nd High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

Date 30 November 2016

Time 13.30–14.30 pm (EAT)

Location Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi, Kenya

Co-hosts Development Initiatives, Oxfam International, UK Aid Network


  • Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General, DG Devco, European Commission
  • Dr Fanwell K. Bokosi, Executive Director, Afrodad
  • Gladys Ghartey, Head, United Nations Systems Unit, Ministry of Finance, Ghana Representative of USAID
  • Suresh Samuel, Managing Director for Africa, OPIC

Moderator Harpinder Collacott, Executive Director, Development Initiatives

About this event

Financing the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be a huge undertaking, with a funding gap estimated at US$1.9–3.1 trillion each year between now and 2030. Blended finance – using development cooperation to de-risk, crowd-in or ‘leverage’ private investments in development – has been presented by some as having the potential to help fill this funding gap. Yet challenges exist in delivering blended finance in line with development effectiveness principles, and evidence allowing stakeholders to understand the opportunities and risks involved is limited.

This panel discussion between providers of blended finance and key stakeholders and experts from civil society and partner countries aims to explore blended finance partnerships, deepen understanding of opportunities and challenges for development effectiveness and, where possible, identify solutions.

Expected outcomes include commitments enhancing the effectiveness of blended finance under the auspices of the GPEDC; creation of a community of stakeholders driving behaviour change and monitoring progress; and participants’ increased awareness of the contributions, risks and challenges blending may have for the financing and delivery of Agenda 2030.

Contact Julie Seghers, Delegation Coordinator:

Statement to OECD DAC members ahead of Senior Level Meeting

October 5th, 2016

Discussions at the OECD-DAC’s forthcoming Senior Level Meeting will mark an important step in shaping the future of ODA and development finance more broadly. They will impact development cooperation practices of all DAC member states, including the UK. They have the possibility to fundamentally redefine – and improve or undermine – aid and its role in international development.  The UK has been and remains a staunch advocate of effective, high impact aid and we hope that it can continue to play that role as the DAC considers these reforms. (more…)

Job vacancy – Researcher

May 3rd, 2016

Researcher – UK Aid Network

(£24,674-£27,796 pro rata and according to experience)

12 month fixed term contract, part-time (3 days per week) with a possibility of extension and flexible working hours

Central London

Experienced in conducting original and robust research and analysis you are seeking a new challenge and the opportunity to make a positive impact, as a Researcher for the UK Aid Network you will help the network and our members to shape the debate on aid in the UK, EU and globally. The UK Aid Network (UKAN) is a coalition of UK-based development NGOs working together to advocate for more and better aid. This is where your skills come in. (more…)

NEW REPORT – Leveraging Aid – a literature review

April 6th, 2015

There is a great deal of focus at the moment – political, technical and from a variety of development actors – on the potential for ODA to be used to catalyse substantial and additional resources for development.  Additionality is thus a crucial criteria and determinant in projects using ODA to leverage private investments. Unless it can be proven that ODA funds are necessary to a) make the project happen and/or b) increase the development impact of projects, then they are simply displacing other actors who could provide finance and unnecessarily subsidizing private sector investments. Read the full report here. (more…)

Aid and beyond

March 10th, 2015

Yesterday, a bill that protects the United Kingdom’s commitment to spend 0.7 percent of gross national income on aid passed its final parliamentary hurdle and is finally on its way to becoming a legally binding act of Parliament.

It’s a great success — and one politicians and nongovernmental organizations can and should be proud of. But the battle isn’t over yet. (more…)

Beyond the numbers on aid

April 8th, 2014

A lot of discussion, and certainly a lot of the media coverage, on aid in the UK is focused on the raw numbers.  Simply put, we talk more about how much we spend than on how and where we spend it and focus on unrepresentative little ‘anecdotes’ that feed misconceptions and the commentator’s own prejudices.

As the DAC statistics out today confirm, the UK has joined a very select group of donor countries that have met the historic 0.7% of GNI target for aid spending.  (more…)

DfID gets a red light on aid for trade: how will it respond?

December 17th, 2013

This blog entry by the Oxfam Policy Adviser Nicola McIvor first appeared in the Oxfam blog From Poverty to Power on 17 December 2013.

The problem with being committed to independent evaluation and transparency is that you risk being beaten up in public when things go wrong. Oxfam is accustomed to having our own evaluations quoted against us, which is exactly what happened to DFID last week, when the UK’s aid watchdog, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), gave its first overall ‘red’ traffic light rating to DfID’s Trade Development Work in Southern Africa.


Every vision needs a plan, and every plan needs a budget

November 21st, 2013

Aid from donor governments or official development assistance (ODA) has been a major source of funding for development over the past 50 year and has achieved incredible progress. For example, aid helped enrol 51 million more children in sub-Saharan Africa in primary school between 1999 and 2010. But do you know that the current definition of ODA was agreed in 1972? (more…)

No Aid for Loans – Yet

October 17th, 2013

This blog entry by the UKAN Coordinator Amy Dodd was posted in the Huffington Post on 15 October 2013.

No plans yet for a British development bank. That was the response from Justine Greening, International Development Secretary, to the International Development Select Committee last week. It’s a welcome answer and one that will reassure many of us in the development community who have been questioning the rationale for the UK getting into the bank business.


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