EVENT – Redefining Aid – the future of ODA beyond 2015

Redefining Aid – the future of ODA beyond 2015

An event with Richard Manning (former Chair of the OECD DAC)

Monday 18 November 2013, 9.30-12.00

@ ODI (203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ)

Hosted by

The ONE Campaign, the UK Aid Network and the Overseas Development Institute

Since its adoption as a concept in 1969 “Official Development Assistance (ODA)” has been the dominant measure of the financial resources provided in support of overseas development. It has essentially come to define what is – and what isn’t – aid.

However, in recent years this dominance has been challenged by a growing awareness of the increasingly diverse nature of today’s system of development cooperation, including the growing range of providers and instruments and approaches for delivery.

The most significant implication of this trend has been to mobilise a growing call for the concept of ODA – the definition of which has changed little in decades – to be refreshed if it is to remain relevant in this changing context. OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) members are looking to go a step further as well, to introduce a range of new concepts of development finance in order to bring greater attention to the delivery of flows / assistance beyond ODA.

This context leaves a number of questions to be addressed by stakeholders keen to influence and shape this agenda as we move towards 2015, including:

  • How should ODA evolve to address evolving challenges faced by developing countries and the community of providers, whilst maintaining/strengthening its development focus?
  • What sources of development finance beyond ODA can support development and therefore would be useful to monitor and establish commitments on?
  • How can the political and technical challenges around this agenda best be handled to achieve a progressive outcome?

This event will seek to address these questions, split across two sessions:

Session 1 – 9.30-10.45Outline the current debate on how ODA is defined, new measures being discussed and the emerging political challenges and risks; with the following speakers:

–        Richard Manning, former Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee

–        Barb Hendrie, Deputy Director Global Partnerships Department, DFID

–        Nuria Molina, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, ActionAid UK

–        Jesse Griffiths, Director of Eurodad

Session 2 – 11.00-12.00 – A technical session exploring the key issues being addressed around the definition of ODA and potential new measures of development finance

–        Led by Richard Manning, former Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee

Please RSVP to amy@ukan.org.uk.