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International Coordination and the Effectiveness of Aid

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  • Arne Bigsten
  • Sven Tengstam

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This paper discusses and seeks to quantify the effects of improved donor coordination on aid effectiveness. Empirical estimates are first provided of the reductions in transaction costs that can be achieved by better donor coordination via concentration to fewer partner countries and a shift from project aid to programme-based approaches. Further estimates are presented showing how much could be gained in terms of poverty reduction by optimizing aid allocation across countries.

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  • Arne Bigsten & Sven Tengstam, 2012. "International Coordination and the Effectiveness of Aid," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2012-032, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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