On 14 June, EDCSP hosted a private roundtable at ODI, bringing together specialists on aid effectiveness and EU development cooperation to discuss recent work quantifying the benefits of improving aid effectiveness and the information provided by indices of donor performance. Click here to read an event report.

On 14 June, EDCSP will host a private round-table on aid effectiveness with panellists from the European Commission, the University of Gothenburg and ODI. This round-table will focus on a study for the EU by Arne Bigsten, Jean Philippe Platteau and Sven Tengstam, which quantifies the benefits of measures to improve aid effectiveness. From ODI, Romilly Greenhill and Annalisa Prizzon will present their commentary on the study and Matthew Geddes will present his work on how the EU fares in donor indices. Simon Maxwell, who has examined the practical implications of the study, will chair the discussion.

Speakers include:

  • Arne Bigsten – Professor, Development Economics, University of Gothenburg
  • Vincent Grimaud – Head of Aid and Development Effectiveness and Financing, DG DEVCO, the European Commission
  • Romilly Greenhill – Research Fellow, ODI
  • Annalisa Prizzon – Research Officer, ODI
  • Matthew Geddes – Research Officer, ODI

An event summary will be available online following the event.

Those arguing for better coordination of aid and for a greater multilateral share have long based their arguments on claims about savings in transactions costs or greater efficiency in allocation. For example, the big EU push on Division of Labour, back in 2007, was based on this argument. A calculation by consultants HTSPE suggested that the EU could save €3-6bn  a year by reducing donor and sector proliferation.

A study in 2011 by Bigsten, Platteau and Bengstam, again for the EU, deepened and updated the analysis. EDCSP has commissioned a review of the new study, by Annalisa Prizzon and Romilly Greenhill from ODI.

Click here to read Annalisa and Romilly’s commentary.

The UK’s International Development Committee (IDC) has launched an inquiry into EC development assistance. The inquiry comes at a momentous time considering the new poverty landscape, changing economic and geopolitical dynamics in the world, the economic crisis, and the potential ramifications of a possible EU treaty change. As the global development scene changes, the UK and the EC’s approaches to development must also change.

The terms of reference established for the inquiry call for evidence regarding: the EC’s comparative advantage as a channel for UK development assistance, ‘An Agenda for Change’, future funding of EC development cooperation and progress towards policy coherence for development (PCD). These areas of inquiry ultimately lead to four key questions:

  • What development objectives can the UK better pursue through the EC than through bilateral means?
  • How much funding should be allocated to EC development assistance?
  • What countries and sectors should the EC concentrate its funds on?
  • How should these funds be managed?

ODI’s Siân Herbert and Romilly Greenhill set out to answer these questions in this submission of written evidence.

Submissions from other organisations are available here.


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