The Covid-19 pandemic is much more than a health crisis. And although it has affected all populations around the world, the consequences in richer versus poorer countries differ substantially. Official Development Assistance (ODA), or aid, has a fundamental role to play. It is the largest source of external financing for Least Developing Countries (LDCs) and a vital resource for supporting key sectors that promote the reduction of poverty and address inequalities. With ODA levels stagnant, it is critical that these resources are used effectively.
Nerea is Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad) and leads Eurodad’s advocacy and coordinates CSO's work towards the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), with a focus on improving the effectiveness of aid and change the way publicly-backed private finance is used in development cooperation. Prior to working with Eurodad, Nerea has worked on policy and advocacy work on development policies with the trade unions and feminist organisations and has done few years of programmatic work at country level in Palestine. Nerea holds a master degree in Development Policies from the Deusto University and a degree in Sociology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. A native Spanish / Catalan speaker, Nerea is also fluent in English and French and has a pretty good level of Italian.