European Development Co-operation to 2020: Challenges by New Actors in International Development

By Sven Grimm, John Humphrey, Erik Lundsgaarde and Sarah-Lea John de Sousa

Working Paper No. 4 - May 2009

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This paper focuses specifically on the challenges Europe faces by the emergence of new actors in international development co-operation. In the past 10-15 years, the established development donors in the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) have forged a consensus about what aid is for, where it should be best directed and how it should be managed. With the increasing salience of a variety of new actors in international development, both governmental and nongovernmental, this consensus is being challenged at a time when aid budgets are under threat and when there are other new challenges for development co-operation, not least climate change.