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The Structure and Dynamics of International Development Assistance

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  • Coscia Michele

    (Center for International Development, Harvard University, 79 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA)

  • Hausmann Ricardo

    (Center for International Development, Harvard University; Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, 79 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA; and Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, USA)

  • Hidalgo César A.

    (Center for International Development, Harvard University Macroconnections @MIT Media Lab, 77 Mass. Ave., E14/E15 Cambridge, MA 02139-4307, USA)

Abstract

We study the structure of international aid coordination by creating and analyzing a tripartite network of donor organizations, recipient countries and development issues using web-based information. We develop a measure of coordination and find that it is moderate, achieving about 60% of its theoretical maximum. Many countries are strongly connected to organizations that are related to the issues that are salient there. Nevertheless, we identify many countries that are poorly served, issues that are inadequately attended to, and organizations that focus on the wrong combination of places and issues. Our approach may be used to improve decentralized coordination.

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  • Coscia Michele & Hausmann Ricardo & Hidalgo César A., 2013. "The Structure and Dynamics of International Development Assistance," Journal of Globalization and Development, De Gruyter, vol. 3(2), pages 1-42, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:globdv:v:3:y:2013:i:2:p:1-42:n:1
    DOI: 10.1515/jgd-2012-0004
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