The Changing Face of Aid and Development in the Post-COVID World

Aid and development: Where we are, how we got here, and where it might all go


On 8 December 2020, the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) will host a discussion on the future of development aid in the post-COVID world. The event is part of the WIDER Webinar Series. This event will take place online at 16:00 (UTC+2).

The webinar will begin with Professor Myles Wickstead setting out how notions of aid and development have evolved since the end of the Second World War, and how they relate to broader international political and economic dynamics.

The presentation will consider how the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reflected the world order of  the 1990s, and how the Sustainable Development Goals reflect shifts in the balance of power and an increasing recognition that issues like climate change and pandemics can only be addressed through global cooperation.  It will consider progress so far and prospects up to 2030 (not least reflecting on the implications of coronavirus and the growth of populism and nationalism).

Dr Nilima Gulrajani will respond to and build on the presentation. She will suggest traditional Development Assistance Committee norms of donorship are directly challenged by several domestic and international forces, resulting in some notable convergences between Northern and Southern development providers. Consideration will be given to the fallout of such convergence for the future of Official Development Assistance as a political construct and a policy target.

For more information and to register, visit the UNU-WIDER website.

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