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‘Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth’: Analysing Donors’ Aid Statistics


  • Kunibert Raffer

    (University of Vienna)


Claiming that its definition of Official Development Assistance (ODA) has remained unchanged, the OECD concedes changes in interpretation broadening the concept’s scope. Discontinuities, inconsistencies in recording, items openly doubted to be ODA by the OECD, even expenditures officially declared not to satisfy the OECD’s own criteria have boosted ODA volumes considerably. In 1994 by nearly 50 per cent, as OECD sources show. Shares of ‘broadened’ ODA roughly doubled between 1989 and 1994 - a disturbing trend concealing decreases of proper aid to development. Independent auditing of aid statistics and some fundamental changes of aid practices are proposed.

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  • Kunibert Raffer, 1998. "‘Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth’: Analysing Donors’ Aid Statistics," Zagreb International Review of Economics and Business, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, vol. 1(2), pages 1-20, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:zag:zirebs:v:1:y:1998:i:2:p:1-20

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    1. Christopher Kilby, 2013. "An Empirical Assessment of Informal Influence in the World Bank," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 61(2), pages 431-464.
    2. Kilby, Christopher, 2011. "What Determines the Size of Aid Projects?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(11), pages 1981-1994.
    3. Raffer, Kunibert, 1997. "Helping southern net food importers after the Uruguay round: A proposal," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 25(11), pages 1901-1907, November.

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    aid statistics; aid recording; reforms of aid.;

    JEL classification:

    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid


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