Worse than expected? A comparative analysis of donor proliferation and aid fragmentation
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SourcePublic Administration and Development, 31, 5, (2011), pp. 321-339
Article / Letter to editor
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SW OZ RSCR CAOS
Public Administration and Development
SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies
The aid system itself is regarded by many as a major problem of present-day development cooperation causing substantial transaction costs for recipients. Particularly, the expansion of bilateral and multilateral donors and the way they spread their aid money over many recipients, projects and sectors is seen as being at the base of these supply-side problems. This article contributes to the discussion by bringing for the first time the non-governmental organisation channel into the equation based on a data set of 73 Dutch non-governmental organisations. Besides, it calls attention to the ‘philanthropist’ channel and shows that fragmentation and proliferation are not restricted to official aid agencies but constitute an aid channel–wide problem. This also means that solutions to this problem can no longer be restricted to only part of the aid architecture.
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