Less aid proliferation and more donor coordination? The wide gap between words and deeds
Article first published online: 22 NOV 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 22, Issue 7, pages 920–940, October 2010
How to Cite
Aldasoro, I., Nunnenkamp, P. and Thiele, R. (2010), Less aid proliferation and more donor coordination? The wide gap between words and deeds. J. Int. Dev., 22: 920–940. doi: 10.1002/jid.1645
- Issue published online: 9 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 22 NOV 2009
- aid allocation;
- sector-specific commitments;
- Theil index;
- donor coordination;
We present a two-step approach of assessing whether major donors of foreign aid have met recent demands for less proliferated and better coordinated aid efforts. First, we calculate Theil indices revealing the concentration of each donor's aid on recipient countries and specific aid sectors. Second, we map overlaps of aid from different donors and over time to analyze the degree of coordination. Our results point to a wide and persistent gap between the rhetoric of political declarations and the donors' actual aid allocation during the period 1995–2006. Few donors have specialized on a limited set of recipients and aid sectors, and coordination has remained elusive. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.