Global Policy and Global Aid Architecture

The share of official development assistance (ODA) going to global programs has increased considerably during the past decade while overall ODA has stagnated at about $45 million annually (Ferroni and Mody, p. 19). According to Hewitt, Morrissey, and te Veldt, spending on international public goods represented 5.0% of overall ODA in 1980-82, 6.8% in 1990-92, and 8.8% in 1996-98, with the growing share occurring primarily in the environment and health areas. This growth in funding of global programs is one result of the accelerated pace of globalization and is leading to a new...

This paper was presented at the ASSA winter meetings (Washington D.C., January 2003)



global programs


This report, which follows on a Phase 1 report (2002) and a meta-evaluation of the CGIAR (2003) completes OED's evaluation of the Bank's involvement in global programs. Based on lessons derived from studies of 26 of the Bank supported 70 global programs the report looks across these cases to draw cross-cutting lessons about the design, implementation and evaluation of global programs.

Recently almost all the major official donors of aid have promised to double their aid levels. And new champions of the global poor, notably Gates, Bono, Buffett, and Clinton, have helped to dramatically raise aid funding from unconventional sources. But what the new resources achieve will depend greatly on how they are channeled. A larger share of official development assistance now goes through partnership based global programs. Recent evaluations of global programs raise doubts about the wisdom of some popular approaches and suggest directions for reform of the aid architecture. The sweeping organizational, managerial, and administrative reforms of the United Nations proposed by the UN Secretary-General also make an assessment of the rapidly changing global aid architecture timely to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.