Bonn, 30 September 2021. The concerning developments in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Haiti in the recent past – in countries that have been among the largest recipients of development assistance over time – have raised intensive questioning of the role and effectiveness of that assistance. Such questioning calls for an understanding of the history of and change in development cooperation over time. The handbook Origins, evolution and future of global development cooperation: The role of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC), edited by Gerardo Bracho, Richard Carey, William Hynes, Stephan Klingebiel, Alexandra Trzeciak-Duval reveals:
Stephan Klingebiel, head of Programme Inter- and Transnational Cooperation at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and one of the editors of the volume, says “We hope that our attempt to make the role of the DAC in the development cooperation narrative better known and understood will inspire your own reflection, critique and further research.”
The book features 18 chapters by 13 authors - including personal accounts by two former DAC Chairs of the MDG and aid effectiveness stories, as well as by a former high level UN official telling the inside story of how the Sustainable Development Goals were formulated and adopted. Sixty years after the DAC’s creation, development problems loom larger than ever in geopolitics and call for assessing past performance and questioning the way forward, as the final chapters seek to do.
Find out more about the book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEGZFMajPcI