Bringing Aid Management Closer to Reality: The Experience of Danish Bilateral Development Cooperation
Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2013
© The Author 2013. Development Policy Review © 2013 Overseas Development Institute.
Development Policy Review
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 113–131, January 2014
How to Cite
Engberg-Pedersen, L. (2014), Bringing Aid Management Closer to Reality: The Experience of Danish Bilateral Development Cooperation. Development Policy Review, 32: 113–131. doi: 10.1111/dpr.12046
- Issue online: 23 DEC 2013
- Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Received: 1 APR 2012
- Aid management;
- Danish aid;
- Paris Declaration
In 2003, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs undertook a decentralisation of the management of bilateral aid to the embassies in major partner countries. However, while decentralisation appears to live up to the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the specific delegation of responsibilities as well as the political context of aid management may jeopardise the intended contribution to effective development co-operation. This article explores some factors potentially limiting the usefulness of decentralised aid management in the Danish case, and discusses certain intra-organisational dynamics and extra-organisational pressures influencing ‘donor effectiveness’.