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Donor coordination and specialization: Did the Paris declaration make a difference?


  • Nunnenkamp, Peter
  • Öhler, Hannes
  • Thiele, Rainer


We assess whether bilateral and multilateral donors of foreign aid specialized and coordinated their activities with other donors as agreed in the Paris Declaration of 2005. We account for donor heterogeneity, varying aid priorities and recipient characteristics in order to isolate changes in donor behaviour over time. Recent shifts in aid priorities, such as the rising importance of general budget support, have reduced the fragmentation of aid. Nevertheless, our results reveal that aid fragmentation persisted after the Paris Declaration and coordination among donors has even weakened.

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  • Nunnenkamp, Peter & Öhler, Hannes & Thiele, Rainer, 2011. "Donor coordination and specialization: Did the Paris declaration make a difference?," Kiel Working Papers 1748, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:ifwkwp:1748

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    1. Peter Nunnenkamp & Albena Sotirova & Rainer Thiele, 2016. "Do Aid Donors Specialize and Coordinate within Recipient Countries? The case of Malawi," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 34(6), pages 831-849, November.
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    3. Gustavo Javier Canavire‐Bacarreza & Eric Neumayer & Peter Nunnenkamp, 2015. "Why Aid is Unpredictable: An Empirical Analysis of the Gap Between Actual and Planned Aid Flows," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 27(4), pages 440-463, 05-27.
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    5. Nunnenkamp, Peter, 2016. "Recent patterns of post-conflict aid: Did donors help sustain peace?," Kiel Working Papers 2043, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    6. Nunnenkamp, Peter & Rank, Michaela & Thiele, Rainer, 2015. "Aid fragmentation and donor coordination in Uganda: A district-level analysis," Kiel Working Papers 2001, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
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    9. Barthel, Fabian & Neumayer, Eric & Nunnenkamp, Peter & Selaya, Pablo, 2014. "Competition for Export Markets and the Allocation of Foreign Aid: The Role of Spatial Dependence among Donor Countries," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 64(C), pages 350-365.
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    11. Andreas Fuchs & Peter Nunnenkamp & Hannes Öhler, 2015. "Why Donors of Foreign Aid Do Not Coordinate: The Role of Competition for Export Markets and Political Support," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 38(2), pages 255-285, February.
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    aid allocation; fragmentation; Theil index; donor coordination; overlaps; Paris Declaration;

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


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