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From Planning to Policy: 50 years of the CDP

May 10, 2017

A UN background paper I recently published.

The United Nations Committee for Development Policy (CDP) comprises 24 independent specialists from a variety of disciplines. It advises the UN Economic and Social Council on emerging economic, social and environmental issues relevant to sustainable development and international co-operation. The paper argues that since its launch in 1965 the CDP has at times struggled to make an impact, but that it has been most effective when it has been at its most creative and when it has broken with convention. It helped put into practice the target that developed countries should devote 0.7% of their gross national income to official development assistance. The Committee created the least developed countries category and continues to monitor and update membership of the group. Its members were prominent in the genesis of the human development approach and continue to conduct new work in the areas of governance, productive capacity and sustainable development.

Download the paper here (pdf)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. ALAN permalink
    May 10, 2017 3:50 pm

    that is informative. Is it really true that ALL members contribute .7% GDP towards aid?

    • May 10, 2017 4:04 pm

      No. The members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development are supposed to do so, but as it says in the paper only four have done consistently and a couple of others more recently.

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