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Is the Distribution of Foreign Aid MDG-sensitive?

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  • Degol Hailu
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    This paper examines whether Official Development Assistance (ODA) is disproportionately allocated to countries that need to make the most progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We expect MDG-sensitive distribution of foreign aid – or a good donor-recipient match – to be guided by the principles of the Global Partnership for Development. When we apply the MDG-sensitivity criteria for aid allocation, the results indicate that ODA allocation since the Millennium Declaration has become more MDG-sensitive – ODA is given to countries that need it most. While such trends in aid disbursements are commendable, total aid flows, however, fall short of promised levels.

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    Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 111.

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    Length: 21 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:111

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    Keywords: ODA; aid; MDGs; aid distribution;

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