International Development Assistance

Policy Drivers and Performance

  • Olav Stokke

Part of the EADI Global Development Series book series (EADI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Searching for the Policy Drivers of ODA

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Olav Stokke
      Pages 3-22
  3. International ODA Targets, Their Follow-Up and Real Value to Recipients

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
  4. ODA Targets and Policy Determinants: the Frontrunners and the Western Hegemon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Olav Stokke
      Pages 71-120
    3. Olav Stokke
      Pages 121-186
    4. Olav Stokke
      Pages 253-302
    5. Olav Stokke
      Pages 303-340
  5. Analysis and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 341-341
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 385-434

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive search for the basic political drivers of international development cooperation, based on the policy and performance of the OECD countries from the early 1960s to the present. The author focuses on the stated and implemented policies of the four so-called frontrunners and the Western hegemon, scrutinizing the changing trends in the justifications, objectives and guidelines set for the policy and their evolving performance vis-à-vis the international ODA target. Through extensive research, the work examines predominant world-views, societal value systems and foreign policy traditions, in order to find the policy drivers that vary nation to nation and how development assistance has evolved globally.

Olav Stokke is Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Norway. He is the author of The UN and Development (2009)

This is a substantial and welcome addition to the numerous works … by Olav Stokke. … The four long chapters on the frontrunners are very well written and informative … . They should be especially useful to professionals and students.

Roger Riddell, Oxford Policy Management, Forum for Development Studies (Vol. 46, No. 3, 2019)


Development Aid international development foreign policy OECD countries ODA target policy makers policy drivers development assistance international affairs international development cooperation ODA providers

Authors and affiliations

  • Olav Stokke
    • 1
  1. 1.Norwegian Institute of International AffairsOsloNorway

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