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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Foreign Aid Agreements

Philipp Dann, Michael Riegner

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 June 2023

Development — Developing countries

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The notion of foreign aid agreement is used to describe agreements that relate to the transfer of resources from a donor to a developing country. It is best understood by reference to the term ‘official development aid’ (‘ODA’) as defined by the Development Assistance Committee (‘DAC’) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). An agreement can thus be considered to pertain to foreign aid if its core subject matter is the transfer of ODA by a donor to a recipient. To qualify as ODA, a flow of resources must meet three criteria: it must...
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