The future of development aid
The study ended per July 31, 2009. During 2009 references to further publications will occur.
Development aid is in crisis – it is sometimes said at international meetings. The argument is substantiated by statements like the following:
- Poor countries have an insignificant say in how aid is used.
- Rich countries do not increase the aid as promised.
- Big funds and new countries have entered the development scene and provide aid in a way that sometimes undermines current development assistance.
- Development objectives have not been integrated sufficiently into policies on trade, security, climate, etc.
- Most development aid is incapable of handling political issues and conflict-affected countries in a useful manner.
The situation is probably not as bad as the bulletins sound but the international debate has in recent years turned to the more fundamental questions of development aid.
Themes like these are the basis of the study ‘The Future of Development Aid’. The study attempts to stimulate debate and spread knowledge about new challenges and international tendencies for development aid.
The study’s anchor person is Lars Engberg-Pedersen. He has a background in both development research and practical development assistance. If the study interests you or you have specific questions, please contact Lars (+45 32 698 695 or ). The study runs from May 2007 to July 2009. Some publications will, however, be added to the website after July 2009.