A bright future for an industry in flux

The international development landscape is changing. What does this mean for the industry in the years to come?

This article is part of The Future of Global Development, a series for Devex Executive Members that explores what development leaders think of the industry’s top issues.

There’s no doubt that the global aid architecture is changing. There has been much talk about the rise of emerging donors, from the economic powerhouses in the “global south” collectively known as BRICS to the oil-rich Arab nations.

Indeed, while the rise in official development assistance in 2013 was largely buoyed by Western donors — many of which continue to wrestle with an improving but still weak economy — aid flows from emerging actors have certainly contributed to the upswing in aid spending.

The United Arab Emirates, for one, inched past traditional donors like Canada and Australia and became the ninth-largest provider of net ODA that year. More significantly, UAE not only posted the largest growth in aid spending in 2013 — up 375 percent to $5.1 billion — it also became the first emerging donor to meet — and exceed — the elusive goal of allocating at least 0.7 percent of gross national income to ODA.

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    Nicolas Gloeckl

    As Manager of Surveys and Advisory Services at Devex, Nicolas leads an experienced team of researchers on a variety of custom research projects and surveys. He previously worked on policy issues at the United Nations in Aceh, Indonesia, and was heavily involved with the civil society contingent to the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, during his time as a policy officer with Ibon International.