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Friday, 17 April 2015

ODI Director: the future of aid ‘makes me worry’

During her speech on "Doing development differently," at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Marta Foresti, director for governance, security and livelihoods at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) stated that the debate on the future of aid, both in the Department for International Development in the UK and in other Western economies is worrisome. She noted that while the aid industry needs urgent reforms, the political space to make the case for aid is continually shrinking, alongside the chance to rethink the way aid works. She explained that the “global development” sector is struggling to keep up with the “beyond aid” agenda, namely the shift from volume of aid to how aid is used for a transformative agenda. In her opinion, despite the broad, inclusive dialogue leading up to the SDGs, the final result looks more like a shopping list of fairly predictable ideas. She concluded that the long-term need for radical change should be addressed sooner rather than later.