In this blog, we draw on our newly published Finance for International Development (FID) measure, using the most up-to-date data now available (from 2018) to give an idea of the baseline efforts of the G20. We hope ministers and officials will use this information in considering the level of their and others’ financial commitments (given their income levels) and encourage a step up from the laggards—most obviously Argentina, Australia, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.
CGD Policy Blogs
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 improve the quality of how development cooperation is delivered, what do we know about how well provider countries and multilateral agencies spend that money?
In the UK’s recent comprehensive foreign policy review, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to resume spending 0.7 percent of gross national income on official development assistance (ODA) “when the fiscal situation allows.” This begs the question: when will the fiscal situation allow?
Just weeks into his presidency, Joe Biden announced a suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This follows similar promising commitments from Italy last month. As security and development are mutually reinforcing concepts, what countries do on arms exports matters for development. We look at arms exports across all major economies—both in terms of value and their “conflict potential.” We analyse the extent to which the choice of arms customers is likely to increase risk and undermine development, and highlight which countries should be taking more action on reducing the conflict potential of their arms exports.
The UK government plans to reduce its aid budget from 0.7 percent of its gross national income (GNI) to 0.5 percent.Today we publish a note that provides an analytical overview of the proposed cuts and potential impacts.
The UK government is currently identifying reductions that will reduce its aid budget from over £15bn in 2019 to £10bn for 2021-22. In this blog we update our previous analysis which quantified the aid spend directly evaluated and graded by ICAI across different government departments.
With the UK government reducing the aid budget, the impact and scrutiny on that spend will be even more important. One key element of this architecture is the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)—whose remit the government is also currently reviewing.
This week, development ministers of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) come together for one of their occasional “high-level meetings.” Here's what we think should be on the agenda.
In new research released today, we show that the UK’s (non-aid) overseas spending via the EU—that helped support lower-income EU countries—is a substantial but often overlooked resource.
The CDI measures the policy effort of countries—relative to their size—in how they support development in other countries. How did your country rank?