OECD Development Co-operation Working Papers

The accidental birth of “official development assistance”

DOI:https://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5jrs552w8736-en

Official development assistance (ODA) has been the standard measure of foreign aid for 45 years, but its creation was largely accidental, and followed no plan. Its origins lie with efforts by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in the early 60s to soften and harmonise the terms of...



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