International financing for development

Towards a new model of international financing for development

Ferdi is involved in the debate over defining Official Development Assistance and its future. Its research on reformulating aid policies focuses on the issues of aid efficiency and allocation, informing thinking about changes in the new landscape for international financing and the new development agenda.

In a world which has been profoundly changing for the last 15 years, development can be seen today in terms of responsibilities redistributed between traditional and new players and the wider challenge of sustainable development.

Faced with these issues, the international community must envisage a collective, consistent and effective response, backed up by adequate financing solutions which can be traditional or innovative.

Public resources alone cannot bring satisfactory answers. Essential in many cases, they play a major role in catalyzing all the factors needed for development. The new agenda which is being defined for 2015 will only materialize if it is accompanied by a permanent system of financing.

It is towards this end that Ferdi promotes a broad vision of development financing, going beyond aid but in which aid has a specific and important place, particularly for economically vulnerable countries.

Moreover, in a context in which funds for development are under pressure, decision makers are increasingly held to account by taxpayers. This makes it all the more important to seek to make development aid more effective, based on evolving rules of allocation.

By promoting numerous research projects and through the exchanges it organises around these topics, Ferdi intends to make a useful contribution to the debate and influence the redefinition of aid policies.



Improving Aid Allocation for Small Developing States


The level of aid received by small developing states and small island developing states (SIDS) is relatively high, considered either per capita or as...

What’s new in innovative financing?

Matthieu BOUSSICHAS, Vincent NOSSEK P227,

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has, amongst other...

Escaping the fragility trap


Cutting extreme poverty in half is one of the greatest achievements of the last...

Does External Financing drive Growth?

Jean-Louis COMBES, Aminata HAIDARA, Tidiane KINDA, Rasmané OUEDRAOGO, Patrick PLANE, Ousmane SAMBA MAMADOU B151,

Evidence for the growth impact of capital inflows remains open to question. Capital inflows can directly support economic growth by relaxing constraints...

Adaptation Finance

Michèle de NEVERS

COP21 Paris : presentation by Michèle de Nevers, Senior Associate, Centre for Global Development,...

Financing Mitigation in Emerging Economies


COP 21 Paris : presentation by Barbara Buchner, Senior Director, Climate Policy Initiative, for the conference "Financing mitigation: how...

Vulnerability Indicators for Aid Allocation


Any donor has a model for allocating assistance to developing countries. The model is implicit, most often so for bilateral donors, or explicit, most...

Aid For Trade: Next Steps

Jaime DE MELO, Laurent WAGNER

Presentation at the worshop Regional Infrastructure for Trade Facilitation - Impact on Growth and Poverty Reduction , side event of the 5th...

Aid For Trade as finance for the Poor

Jaime DE MELO, Laurent WAGNER P125,

The Aid for Trade (AFT) Initiative was announced at the 2005 Hong-Kong World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial. Then, Doha round talks were stalled...

Aid for Trade under the MDGs


Presentation by Jaime de Melo, Scientific Advisor at the Ferdi and Emeritus Professor at the University of Geneva, for the seminar "The future...

Efficient and fair allocation of aid


This paper proposes a model of aid allocating which aims to equalize the opportunity between recipient countries to reduce...

Measuring Official Development Assistance


Presentation by Patrick Guillaumont and Matthieu Boussichas at the « Ferdi brown bag lunch : ODA measurement and vulnerable countries...

Aid for Trade: What have we learnt? Which way ahead?


The Aid for Trade (AFT) initiative has been successful in mobilising funding to aid developing countries – in particular,...

Does aid have a future?

Serge TOMASI P82,

ODA bashing has become a popular pastime. Apart from the periodic allegations that aid has little effect or that its effects are perverse, a wealth...

Aid and Universal Primary Education


Universal Primary Education is one of the main objectives of development aid. However, very little empirical evidence of...

Evaluating Aid for Trade : A Survey of Recent Studies

Olivier CADOT, Ana FERNANDES, Julien GOURDON, Aaditya MATTOO, Jaime DE MELO P75,

The demand for accountability in “Aid-for-Trade”(AFT) is increasing but monitoring has focused on case-studies and impressionistic narratives....

L'Afrique et les grands émergents

Jean-Raphaël CHAPONNIERE, Dominique PERREAU, Patrick PLANE

Depuis le début du XXIe siècle, l'irruption des grands émergents - la Chine, l'Inde et le Brésil - transforme profondément le continent...

Aid for Trade: Can it be Evaluated ?

Olivier CADOT, Jaime DE MELO B58,

Following the recent surge in Aid-for-trade (AFT) and the likelihood that it will decline in the future, pressure to evaluate its effectiveness is increasing....

How Can Development NGOs Be Evaluated ?

Jan Willem GUNNING P51,

In the past decade there has been a remarkable surge of interest in using impact evaluation to establish the effectiveness of development interventions....

Evaluating Development NGOs

Jan Willem GUNNING B56,

How do we know that a development NGO is effective? Consultants writing evaluation reports typically describe what an NGO has done and how outcomes...

Uncertainties in Busan outcomes: Who does what ?


After Rome (2003), Paris (2005) and Accra (2008), the 4th High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan ended in the adoption of a “Busan Partnership...

Aid Effectiveness: Can It Be Improved?

Jan Willem GUNNING P02,

The last fifteen years have seen an intensive discussion on the effectiveness of aid. Part of the debate focused on the (often confusing and conflicting)...

, Biarritz

G7 Citizens’ Dialogue

IDDRI and FERDI, partners in the Initiative for Development and Global Governance (IDGM), have joined forces to influence the G7 on reducing global inequality.

, Paris

T7 Paris

FERDI and IDDRI organize the session on development: "Inequalities and vulnerabilities: what are the connections, the bonds between these two concepts? How should the G7 countries’ development policies be aligned?

, Paris

Brown-bag Lunch on blockchain.

On 11 April, FERDI and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) organised a Brown-bag Lunch on blockchain.

04 March 2019 to 06 March 2019 , Abidjan

Africa Resilience Forum 2019

Patrick Guillaumont (FERDI) addressed the sixth plenary session on tools, products and strategies for building resilience.

24 November 2017 to 25 November 2017 , Annecy

12e Rencontre Europe-Afrique

Rencontre organisée par Aspen sur le thème "Europe, Afrique, Chine : vers de nouveaux partenariats ?" avec la participation de Patrick et Sylviane Guillaumont.

06 September 2017 to 08 September 2017 , Paris

Forum : Investir au Tchad

Patrick Guillaumont, Sylviane Guillaumont Jeanneney et Grégoire Rota Graziosi sont intervenus sur la capacité de résilience aux changements climatiques, l'éducation primaire et la fiscalité.

10 January 2017 to 11 January 2017 , Abidjan

Africa resilience forum 2017

Patrick Guillaumont was a speaker at the plenary session From Fragility to Resilience , and at the parallel session Understanding and Monitoring Resilience

05 September 2016 to 07 September 2016 , Paris

the 9th Convergences World Forum

Ferdi and AFD have organised a conference on security and development in the Sahel. Matthieu Boussichas (Ferdi) was moderator of a conference on measuring SDG's implementation.

17 July 2016 to 22 July 2016 , Nairobi

Fourteenth Ministerial Conference of UNCTAD

Matthieu Boussichas was a panelist at the session "Making Trade Work (better) for Africa and LDCs: How to Ensure that Trade is Inclusive and Pro-Poor"

15 June 2016 to 16 June 2016 , Brussels

The European Development Days 2016

Ferdi organised a workshop on the effectiveness of international support measures for Least Developed Countries and co-organised a conference on security and development

13 June 2016 to 16 June 2016 , Montréal

International economic forum of the Americas

Jaime de Melo, Scientific Advisor at Ferdi, was a panelist at the round table organised by the IOF on the new financial solutions to reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement targets

08 June 2016 to 10 June 2016 , New-York

High-Level Meeting on ending aids

United Nations General Assembly. Patrick Guillaumont introduced the side-event on financing vulnerabilities.

14 December 2015 to 17 December 2015 , Nairobi

Trade and Development Symposium

An E15 Initiative. Jaime de Melo, Scientific Advisor at Ferdi was a speaker for four sessions.

, Clermont-Ferrand

Visit of H.E. Gyan Chandra Acharya

Gyan Chandra Acharya is a Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations, and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

17 September 2015 to 19 September 2015 , Helsinki

The 30th UNU WIDER Anniversary

Patrick Guillaumont was the chairman of the parallel session "The economics of foreign aid"

07 September 2015 to 09 September 2015 , Paris

World Forum Convergences 2015

Patrick Guillaumont has moderated the session on Financing the SDGs: how to make the best possible use of all financial flows and tools?

, Geneva

5th Global Review of Aid for Trade

Jaime de Melo and Laurent Wagner (Ferdi) participated in the side event on the regional infrastructure for trade facilitation organised by ODI and UKaid

, Geneva

Fifth Global Review of Aid For Trade

Jaime de Melo, Scientific Advisor at the Ferdi, participated in the side event on trade between Francophone countries of Asia and Africa organised by OIF and ITC

, Paris

OECD Forum 2015

Patrick Guillaumont was speaker for the Discovery Lab - Talk Together about Financing Sustainable Development

, Paris

Ferdi brown bag lunch

An event organized by OECD with the presentation on “ODA measurement and vulnerable countries within the post-2015 agenda" by Ferdi

16 January 2013 to 17 January 2013 , Paris

Dialogue on « Aid for Trade (AFT) »

Les deux journées étaient consacrées à une évaluation de l’AFT et à ses perspectives depuis son lancement dans la déclaration de Paris en 2005 et le plan d’action adopté à Accra en 2008.

22 November 2012 to 24 November 2012 , Geneva

"The future of Aid for Trade"

Dialogue organized by The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in collaboration with Ferdi, ODI, SAWTEE and the World Bank

28 October 2008 to 29 October 2008 , Dakar

Colloque sur l'aide

Colloque organisé avec la Présidence de la République du Sénégal sur le thème « Accélération des déboursements et efficacité de l’aide. Entre Accra et Doha et dans un contexte de crise»

An Index of Physical Vulnerability to Climate Change

The Ferdi has created an Index of Physical Vulnerability to Climate Change (PVCCI), “physical” meaning that the index is independent from the current policy, making this index a potential criterion for the geographical allocation of international funds for climate change adaptation.

A retrospective Economic Vulnerability Index

The Economic Vulnerability Index (EVI), built by the United Nations with the contribution of the Ferdi (see LDC program), is made readily available on an updated retrospective version.

Aid selectivity indicators

The indicators of aid selectivity proposed by Sylviane Guillaumont-Jeanneney and Gwénolé Le Velly are based on the idea that the quality of economic policies of aid recipients countries must not be the unique criterion to assess the quality of aid allocation from donor countries.