Ignoring the Elephant in the Room? Assessing the Impact of the European Union on the Development Assistance Committee's Role in International Development

15 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2018

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

This article studies the impact of the European Union (EU) on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co‐operation and Development (OECD). While the literature thus far has focused on the external challenges for the DAC's role in international development, this study argues that the EU should be taken into account as well. By focusing on the cases of policy coherence for development and the concessionality of official development assistance (ODA) loans, we show that the EU poses a structural challenge for the DAC's role in international development given the strong overlap in membership between both institutions and the Union's changing nature as a development actor.

Keywords: DAC, development cooperation, EU, OECD, official development assistance, policy coherence for development

Suggested Citation

Verschaeve, Joren and Orbie, Jan, Ignoring the Elephant in the Room? Assessing the Impact of the European Union on the Development Assistance Committee's Role in International Development (March 2018). Development Policy Review, Vol. 36, pp. O44-O58, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3116442 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12216

Joren Verschaeve (Contact Author)

Ghent University ( email )

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

Jan Orbie

Ghent University ( email )

Coupure Links 653
Gent, 9000
Belgium

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