The Future of Development Assistance – Do We Need a New „Marshall Plan“?

  • Pavel Nováček Palacky University in Olomouc


We have studied the present situation and the history of development assistance, but until now we have neglected one fundamental approach – looking into the future. While it is necessary to study the history of development assistance to learn from past mistakes, it is not enough. The past can be studied, but it can never be changed. In con-trast, there are many alternative (potential) futures that can be influenced by our choices.By the year 2015 the Millennium Development Goals should have been achieved, yet it is clear today that they will not be. How should we proceed after the year 2015? An ex-ample from the past could become an inspiration for the future – the Marshall Plan. The idea of a new, global Marshall Plan was revived in the 1990s by Albert Gore.The new (global) Marshall Plan, if implemented, has the potential to become the catalyst for far-reaching positive changes. The requirement is that it is not just the sum of its many component activities and projects, but a complex, coordinated, and future-oriented plan. It must be a plan with definable, measurable, and achievable goals.The New Marshall Plan should consist of two phases. The first, short-term phase should assist a country (or region) to emerge from a crisis and stabilize the situation. The second, longer-term phase should help the country become a medium developed country.For development assistance to be effective, however, we need public support, both in developed and developing countries. We need to win not only their minds, but even more importantly, their hearts.
Dec 14, 2015
How to Cite
NOVÁČEK, Pavel. The Future of Development Assistance – Do We Need a New „Marshall Plan“?. Development, Environment and Foresight, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, p. 92-105, dec. 2015. ISSN 2336-6621. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 july 2019.


Marshall Plan; Sustainable development; Foresight; post-MDGs