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An Examination Of The Long-Run Trends And Recent Developments In Foreign Aid

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  • Howard White

    (University of Sussex)

  • Simon Feeny

    () (School of Social Science and Planning, RMIT University)

Abstract

This paper documents trends in official development assistance (ODA) over the last three decades. It examines trends in both aid amounts and the quality of aid. It finds that the real value of ODA has declined during the 1990s following two decades of relative stability. The share of foreign aid to Sub-Saharan Africa has fallen during the 1990s and aid flows to low-income countries have also declined, partly as a result of the diversion of aid flows to transition economies and ¡®trouble spots¡¯. The paper also finds that donor aid programs are thinly spread over many recipients. However, reductions in aid amounts have been accompanied by improvements in the quality of aid. The financial terms of aid have improved and there has been a move towards the untying of aid.

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  • Howard White & Simon Feeny, 2003. "An Examination Of The Long-Run Trends And Recent Developments In Foreign Aid," Journal of Economic Development, Chung-Ang Unviersity, Department of Economics, vol. 28(1), pages 113-135, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:jed:journl:v:28:y:2003:i:1:p:113-135
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    1. 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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    Keywords

    Official Development Assistance; Bilateral Aid; Multilateral Aid;

    JEL classification:

    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations

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