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Donor coordination and the uses of aid

  • Bigsten, Arne

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

The paper discusses donor coordination and its implications for the uses of aid. The paper starts by specifying a simple framework for the discussion, and then reviews the theoretical literature. It then provides some data on donor proliferation and discusses how coordination modalities have evolved over time, in particular during the current phase with partnership and ownership. The following sections summarize the limited empirical evidence available on the impact of coordination on transaction costs and public-sector management and governance. A key issue with regard to the latter is how donor coordination affects the incentives of the recipient government. The paper concludes with a review of the policy debate and some policy conclusions.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 196.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 28 Feb 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0196
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