International Research Conference on the Effectiveness of Development Cooperation, Brussels

Anke Hoeffler as keynote speaker

Photo: Gilberto M. A. Rodrigues

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC), and the European Commission (DG INTPA), jointly organised an international research conference on the effectiveness of development co-operation that was held 17-18 November 2022 in Brussels. 

Based on joint work with Patricia Justino and James Fearon, Anke Hoeffler gave a keynote on the effectiveness of aid in reducing violence. She explained that eventhough its economic and immaterial costs are significant, violence and the prevention, reduction and treatment of it is not sufficiently captured as an objective in data on the allocation of Official Development Aid (ODA). Concerning interpersonal violence specifically, Hoeffler compared the extensive and positive reduction efforts in high-income countries to the lacking support to low- and middle-income countries in this regard.

The conference provided a forum for presentation and discussion of innovative, high-quality research that speaks to the relationship between the implementation of the development effectiveness principles and the achievement of development outcomes. Focussing on fragile and conflict-affected contexts and low-income countries, the speakers addressed a variety of crucial questions related to the aid-development nexus, aid effectiveness principles, and the factors that influence aid effectiveness and performance.
Find the full programme of the conference here