“Development Aid of the Non-DAC Donors” Working Group


New EADI Webinar: Mixed Method Research on Poverty, Inequality and Economic Development

22 Nov 2018

This webinar of the EADI Working Group on “Multi-Dimensional Poverty and Poverty Dynamics" will take place on 13 December 2019 at 2 pm CET. It focuses on the use of mixed methods approaches within development research on poverty, inequality, and economic development, as well as on their interactions, and will share the insights from a recent EADI/CROP event

It will start with short presentations from the organisers before engaging listeners in critical discussion of the challenges they face generating and using qualitative and quantitative data in an integrated and interdisciplinary way. Speakers are Laura Camfield, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, Andrew Sumner, Kings College, London and Lucas Schlögl, Kings College, London.

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New Working Group on Gender Justice

02 Nov 2018

Call for participation: The newly constituted Working Group on Gender Justice is inviting collaborators from all disciplines. The Gender Justice Working Group of EADI is a group of scholars working, writing and thinking on all issues related to gender justice. We feel that a shift from gender mainstreaming to gender justice in international development theory, policy and practice contexts is a worthwhile point of departure for discussion and focus. Therefore, we are opening this space/ initiative as a forum for scholars and researchers with an interest in the relationship between gender justice and international development.

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About this Working Group

It is increasingly apparent that the phenomenon of the non-DAC donors (NDD) is a major issue for development studies. The inclusion of the topic as a subject of research within the EADI ECDC2020 project is testament to its importance as well as considerable number of research papers presented at the EADI General Conference within the WG Aid Policy and Performance. Their increasing influence on parts of the developing world clearly challenges the roles of the established DAC donors, and the growth of these NDD is of great interest to academics and policy makers. The aim of this Working Group is to seek to advance our theoretical frameworks and/or empirically-derived understanding of the non-DAC Donors and provide a forum for discussions as to the roles they play.

Non-DAC donors comprise an extremely heterogeneous set of countries, which can be broadly classified into four groups (i) OECD countries which are not members of DAC, such as South Korea, Mexico, Turkey and several European countries; (ii) new European Union countries which are not members of the OECD; (iii) Middle Eastern OPEC countries, particularly Saudi Arabia; and (iv) non-OECD donors that do not belong to any of the previous groups, including Brazil, China, India and Russia (World Bank 2008).


The Working Group aims to focus on the following policy challenges as regards non-DAC donors, although in a flexible way as new issues will emerge during the life of the WG:

  • The approaches of NDDs to themes of the Paris Declaration and other major DAC initiatives
  • Impacts of non-DAC development assistance on economic growth, poverty reduction, debt, environmental standards, policy environments and political regimes;
  • Responses within the DAC community and multilateral development institutions to the NDDs; .
  • How civil society organisations are responding to this changing development landscape
  • Domestic responses within the NDDs to their foreign aid policies
  • Impacts of changing economic and political circumstances on the roles and modalities of the NDDs


Dr. Maja Bucar
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Ljubljana

Dr. Simon Lightfoot

University of Leeds, UK

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