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Transparency TOSSD overboard? Two major flaws with the proposed new measure of international resource flows

Jesse Griffiths

29 May 2018 21:24:17

The OECD’s long road to producing a new measure of “officially-supported resource flows to promote sustainable development” – or ‘Total Official Support for Sustainable Development’ (TOSSD) - is beginning to near its end.  An outline of the detailed reporting instructions that providers will use, with ‘excerpts’ already filled in, has been produced by the task force that is developing the concept. Sadly, it has taken this OECD-organised task force until its fourth meeting to arrange a public consultation, which will take place at the end of May. There are many problems with the concept, as the table below details, but there are two glaring faults that the OECD-led process seems unable to fix.  First, TOSSD purports to be a measure of official flows, ...

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Arguing the TOSSD: is the OECD’s new measure for Total Official Support for Sustainable Development a good idea?

Jesse Griffiths

24 Nov 2015 12:39:02

Last week, I went to an expert group meeting to discuss a new framework being prepared by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) for monitoring and measuring flows that could be considered developmental but are not currently captured in Official Development Assistance (ODA, or ‘aid’). This new framework is provisionally called Total Official Support for Sustainable Development (TOSSD). The stated purpose of this framework is not to supplant ODA but to provide transparency on other financial flows that support the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN. Now, I think this agenda has serious risks attached – it could undermine aid targets, incentivise the wrong kind of private investments, ...