InHouse&Guests Workshop

The DAC and Development Co-operation: Writing History with a Future Perspective

18–19 May 2017

The workshop aimed to probe the DAC's history as an integral part of the Western-led system of development co-operation from the end of World War II until the recent (re-)emergence of a category of donors and donor philosophies that are closer to and often synonymous with the developing countries themselves and their 'non-Western' perspectives. In probing the economic and geopolitical drivers underlying the DAC story, the participants of the workshop shared the workings of a poorly known yet key piece of machinery of the post-WW II world order, discussed its successes and failures, and drawed upon them to inform current and future entrepreneurs in the field of development co-operation.

The topics of the panels ranged from the specific characteristics of each period of the DAC aid system, the origins of aid statistics and the path to the ODA concept, main aid paradigms and divergencies in norms and practices, the UN Millennium Declaration process, aid effectiveness or latest geopolitical and social challenges to the international system. The workshop was introduced the evening before by the 23rd Käte Hamburger Lecture with Prof. J. Brian Atwood on the history of the DAC's development co-operation entreprise. The event profited from the participation of former and current OECD and DAC functionaries who gave first-hand knowledge on 60 years of development cooperation.

The workshop was organised by Gerado Bracho, Associate Fellow of the Centre and former Mexican DAC Delegate.

Venue: Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Schifferstr. 44, 47059 Duisburg