Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

Untied aid


We report annually on donors' progress in untying aid, plus provide a global portal for ODA contract opportunities.

About untied aid

Evidence has shown that the “tying” of aid - offering aid on the condition that it be used to procure goods or services from a specific country or region - can increase the costs of a development project by as much as 15-30%. In addition, the administration of tied aid requires larger bureaucracies in both the donor and recipient countries.


Untied aid avoids these unnecessary costs by giving recipient countries the freedom to use their aid to procure goods and services from virtually any country. We help accelerate the untying of aid by monitoring progress and offering guidance through our Recommendation on Untying ODA (pdf).

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