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Extending ODA or Creating a New Reporting Instrument for Security-related Expenditures for Development?


  • Michael Brzoska


A debate has recently been initiated by a number of members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee to include security-related items in the definition of Official Development Assistance (ODA). This article looks at the logic of these proposals by means of a brief review of the history of the ODA definition as well as recent debates on the relationship between security and development. It concludes by recommending the creation of a new reporting category, Official Security Assistance, for donor spending on security-related activities which meets the basic ODA criteria. Copyright (c) The Author 2008. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Overseas Development Institute..

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  • Michael Brzoska, 2008. "Extending ODA or Creating a New Reporting Instrument for Security-related Expenditures for Development?," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 26(2), pages 131-150, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:26:y:2008:i:2:p:131-150

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