The age of choice: how are developing countries managing the new aid landscape?

Crawford School of Public Policy | Development Policy Centre

Event details

Public Seminar

Date & time

Thursday 22 May 2014


Barton Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Dr Annalisa Prizzon, Research Fellow, Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure, Overseas Development Institute (ODI).


Macarena Rojas
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In recent years the aid landscape has changed dramatically with new actors as well as new motives and instruments. The growth of other forms of development assistance has greatly outpaced that of traditional aid, this includes funding from non-OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) members (such as China and India), climate finance funds, social impact investors (e.g. Acumen Fund), philanthropists (e.g. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and global vertical funds (such as the Global Fund to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis). A new ‘age of choice’ of external financing options for developing countries is dawning, and is set to challenge the primacy of traditional donors as well as the capacity of partner countries to manage the complexity of this new aid landscape.

This seminar presented findings from Overseas Development Institute (ODI) case studies in the Asia-Pacific region (Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste as well as on-going analysis in Fiji), and illustrated the effects of changes in the development cooperation landscape on recipient countries.

Dr Annalisa Prizzon is a Research Fellow within the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure at ODI. ODI is the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. At ODI, Annalisa is currently leading the portfolio analysing the implications of the new development landscape at country level. She is also advising on a major ODI study into development progress funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has been an economist at the OECD Development Centre, working on the Perspectives on Global Development reports and at the World Bank. She holds a PhD in Economics and Public Finance with a focus on external debt sustainability in low-income countries.

This public seminar was presented by the Development Policy Centre at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

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