The full data for 2018 ODA, released by OECD, includes data on aid spending through private sector instruments

What the new data on private sector instruments doesn’t tell us

By Nerea Craviotto

For the first time, the full data for 2018 official development assistance, or ODA, which was released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee this February, included data on aid spending through private sector instruments, or PSIs, according to the interim rules agreed on by DAC members in December 2018. This agreement was a key, albeit controversial, step that is blurring the boundary between ODA and commercial transactions.

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