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Official Development Assistance (ODA)

  • Krisztina SzabóEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74336-3_351-1

Introduction

Since its modern origins in the aftermath of World War II, foreign aid has become an important form of international capital flow from the richest nations to the poorest countries. Questions concerning foreign aid, such as what transfer counts as aid, who the aid donors and aid recipients are, why donors transfer any of these resources, and whether giving and receiving aid are voluntary acts or based on some degree of conditionality or coercion, remain as much a source of debate and controversy.

Official development assistance (ODA) is a term coined by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), well-known and internationally widely used in the field of development. In fact, ODA as provided by official agencies, including state and local governments, with the aim of promoting the economic development and welfare of developing countries, captures only part of the foreign aid transfers. Nontheless, it has...

Keywords

Official development assistance OECD Development Assistance Committee ODA donors and recipients 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central European University, Corvinus University of BudapestBudapestHungary