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How Covid-19 can change incentives for development cooperation

Written by Nilima Gulrajani

There is nothing new in accusing bilateral donors of repurposing foreign aid to serve their domestic national interests. Even before the current pandemic, donors had been slashing aid in exchange for middle-class tax breaks, twisting the definition of official development assistance (ODA) to allow for the inclusion of expenditures in wealthier countries, and tying aid to the uptake of domestic consultants.

So what happens now as economic and social needs expand globally with every case of Covid-19 detected and every grave marked?