Enhancing Concessional Assistance for a Post-2015 Development Agenda

Publication | December 2014

Concessional flows are sensitive to poverty and the Millennium Development Goals, but much remains to be done to focus these on national and international development priorities.

The aggregate volume of concessional financing flows—comprising of traditional official development assistance (ODA), concessional flows from emerging donors, and private philanthropic flows—to developing countries were at least $220 billion in 2012, of which at least $76 billion went to developing Asia and the Pacific. Traditional ODA still remains the single most important concessional financing for developing countries in general, although estimated private philanthropic flows appear to be more important in the Asian context. ODA-like financing flows from emerging economies remain relatively small.

This paper examines mechanisms whereby different types of concessional flows might be directed to effectively support a common post-2015 development agenda. These include actions that could be taken by providers and by recipients of concessional assistance, as well as the development community as a whole.


  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Empirically Estimating Aggregate Concessional Financing to Asia and the Pacific
  • Getting Aid to Effectively Support a Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • Conclusions
  • References

Additional Details

  • Finance sector development
  • Poverty
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • WPS157057-2

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