OECD’s Development Assistance Committee Adopts New Guidance On Refugee Aid

Devex: OECD DAC clarifies rules on in-donor aid spending for refugees
“The committee that governs the rules on aid spending has adopted new guidance on when and how money spent on supporting refugees can count as aid at its high-level meeting in Paris, France. … However, another proposal that was expected to take a high-profile position at the meeting — the U.K. government’s plan to allow the spending of overseas aid on wealthier but climate-vulnerable island states, following hurricane damage to U.K. overseas territories in the Caribbean — was withdrawn hours after it was proposed, sources present at the meeting told Devex. Although the U.K. delegation recognized it could not achieve consensus, the proposal is said to have sparked a key debate over ODA eligibility and ‘reclassification’ after a crisis. The committee was also unable to reach a consensus on clarification of the rules around the use of private sector instruments in aid…” (Anders, 11/1).