Past Event


Sussex Development Lecture: Why doesn’t the untying of aid work?

10 February 2011 17:00–18:30

Chichester Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex

Sussex Development Lecture event, co-organised by IDS

Part of the event series, Sussex Development Lectures

Ed Clay, senior research associate at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Lecture entitled: ‘Why doesn’t the untying of aid work?’

About the lecture

Faced with financial pressures, some governments are looking again at the possibilities of linking aid and trade. In addition, there is the challenge posed by emerging economies such as China and India, who are clear about tying all their investment funding. Based on findings from a two year OECD investigation, Edward will examine issues surrounding the tying of aid, and will look at why there is a considerable discrepancy between theory and practical outcomes.

About the speaker

Ed Clay came to IDS from Cambridge via LSE, obtaining his DPhil in economics from Sussex. He went on to research in India, teach in PNG and advise the government in Bangladesh, returning to Sussex as a Visiting Fellow in AFRAS (1978-9) and continuing as an IDS Fellow (1979-88). He was Director of the Relief and Development Institute London (1986-90) and is now a Senior Research Associate at ODI. He led two recent OECD investigations into the consequences of the tying and untying of aid.

This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.