Examining Non-Traditional Development Assistance

“A new aid landscape is emerging that increasingly involves a smaller role for traditional donors like the U.S. government and the World Bank,” development blogger Tom Murphy writes in Humanosphere. “Non-traditional development assistance (NTDA) is carried out by new groups and individuals in ways that are different and in some ways more innovative than development assistance from traditional donors,” he states, noting examples such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the GAVI Alliance. He discusses a report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) on these new forms of development assistance, interviews Romilly Greenhill of ODI, an author of the report, and concludes, “As the landscape of aid changes, both traditional and non-traditional actors will have to find ways to collaborate and hold each other accountable” (3/27).

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