12 Responses to 0.7%? 0.07%? 7%? The lure and wonder over how much aid countries should give

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  5. Phil Vernon says:

    Like you I am dubious about the real utility of the 0.7% target. However, my eyes were opened by Paul Collier who at a public event responded to my scepticism by making the point that: ODA is a global public good, and is therefore almost by definition (im economics terms) under-supplied. Therefore it makes sense for a progressive country (the UK) to make a commitment to supply it at a rate which is higher than others, as a way to counteract their undersupply. Quite nifty, I thought.

  6. That sounds alright, but having a chase for a old target doesn’t mean a state will drop ODA if there is no legislation–some Nordic countries for example, never even bothered to legislate 0.7% at all yet are surpassing it. ODA also is just a small part of the “global public goods”. If you look at OECD data, the UK is giving around 1% of its GDP including OA flows.

  7. Phil Vernon says:

    Yes, I certainly see the legislation as irrelevant except perhaps symbolically.

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