OECD Encouraged To Relinquish Control Over Aid Effectiveness Agenda

Jonathan Glennie, of the Overseas Development Institute, urges the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to relinquish its control over how aid is distributed if it wants to remain legitimate and if the Paris aid effectiveness agenda is to be useful. Photo by: OECD

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development should recognize the rise of new donors and economic powers by relinquishing its control over how aid is distributed if it wants to remain legitimate and if the Paris aid effectiveness agenda is to be useful, a research fellow with a U.K.-based think tank says.

Jonathan Glennie, of the Overseas Development Institute, argues that while OECD should be proud of what it has accomplished in terms of pushing forward the aid effectiveness agenda, the time has come for it to give up control of coordinating this agenda given how the global political and economic landscape is evolving. In a post in the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters” blog, Glennie identifies three reasons why:

- China, India, Brazil and several other non-OECD member countries are increasingly becoming important sources of aid for poorer and smaller countries.

- OECD’s approach to aid giving is “outdated” because it is founded on post-colonial client relationships currently being broken apart by new ones, such as south-south cooperation.

- The aid effectiveness agenda, moving forward, will be more recipient-led.

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