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After Gleneagles: What Role for Loans in ODA?


  • Daniel Cohen
  • Pierre Jacquet
  • Helmut Reisen


Suppose a DAC donor earmarks $1 billion of taxpayers’ money for official development assistance (ODA). The donor may use two instruments as an outright grant or in combination with a market loan to produce a concessional loan of $2 billion with a percentage grant element of 50 per cent. Many nowadays think the choice should be clear: provide grants only, leave loans to the market. The purpose of this Policy Brief is to qualify and inform this choice....

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  • Daniel Cohen & Pierre Jacquet & Helmut Reisen, 2006. "After Gleneagles: What Role for Loans in ODA?," OECD Development Centre Policy Briefs 31, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:devaab:31-en

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