Follow the leader: How Dutch development NGOs allocate their resources - the contradictory influence of donor dependency
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SourceJournal of International Development, 23, 5, (2011), pp. 641-655
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SW OZ RSCR CAOS
Journal of International Development
SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies
Public funding to non-governmental development organisations (NGDOs) influences their allocation choices regarding preferred recipient countries for development aid. Instead of strict poverty-orientation criteria for aid allocation, NGDO country choice becomes increasingly aligned with bilateral priorities. Based on original data on Dutch aid delivery to developing countries, combined with detailed information on NGDOs financial structure and country characteristics, we analyse whether and how donor dependency and public subsidies influence NGDO country choice. Independent NGDOs appear strongly inclined to follow public aid priorities. This is attributed to risk-avoidance and complementarity-seeking of independent NGDOs and deliberate non-alignment for identity-seeking of dependent NGDOs.
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