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The quality of foreign aid : country selectivity or donors incentives?

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  • Wane, Waly

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The author investigates the determinants of foreign aid quality. He shows that design effects are a crucial component of quality. He thus establishes that donors have an impact on the quality of the foreign assistance they provide. The author also shows both theoretically and empirically that the quality of aid is endogenous to the relationship between the donor agency and the recipient government. Highly capable and accountable governments accept only well-designed projects, whereas governments with low accountability may accept poor quality projects either because they are unable to assess the worth of the projects or they will benefit personally.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 3325.

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Date of creation: 01 Jun 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:3325

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Keywords: Banks&Banking Reform; Development Economics&Aid Effectiveness; Decentralization; Poverty Monitoring&Analysis; Public Health Promotion; Development Economics&Aid Effectiveness; Banks&Banking Reform; Poverty Monitoring&Analysis; Health Economics&Finance; Health Monitoring&Evaluation;

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  8. Bandeira, Pablo, 2009. "El desarrollo institucional en el contexto de la ineficacia de la ayuda: ¿qué podemos hacer?
    [Promoting institutional development in the context of actual aid ineffectiveness: what can we do?]
    ," MPRA Paper 13372, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  9. Tierney, Michael J. & Nielson, Daniel L. & Hawkins, Darren G. & Roberts, J. Timmons & Findley, Michael G. & Powers, Ryan M. & Parks, Bradley & Wilson, Sven E. & Hicks, Robert L., 2011. "More Dollars than Sense: Refining Our Knowledge of Development Finance Using AidData," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(11), pages 1891-1906.

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