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Sind Nichtregierungsorganisationen die besseren Entwicklungshelfer?

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  • Nunnenkamp, Peter
  • Thiele, Rainer

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Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are widely expected to provide better targeted aid than state agencies with a hidden agenda of commercial and political self-interest. However, principal-agent models question that NGOs decide autonomously on aid allocation. Indeed, we show empirically that NGO aid offers no panacea: The focus of NGOs on the neediest recipients turns out to be surprisingly weak. NGOs hardly make use of the perceived comparative advantage of working in difficult environments." Rather, they are strongly inclined to follow the herd of other NGOs and mimic the allocation behaviour of state agencies, especially if they depend on public co-financing.

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  • Nunnenkamp, Peter & Thiele, Rainer, 2009. "Sind Nichtregierungsorganisationen die besseren Entwicklungshelfer?," Kiel Working Papers 1484, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
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    Keywords

    Nichtregierungsorganisationen; Allokation der Entwicklungshilfe;

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

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