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An Overview of Aid Effectiveness, Determinants and Strategies

Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 1

35 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2011 Last revised: 19 Jul 2012

Stephen Howes

Australian National University (ANU) - Development Policy Centre; Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of issues relating to aid effectiveness. It argues that it is impossible to give a definitive answer to the question of whether aid is effective, and that it is more useful to ask what can be done to make aid more effective. The paper then groups the various determinants of aid effectiveness, as well as strategies to improve effectiveness, under three headings: the performance of the recipient (developing) country government; the performance of the aid agency of the donor (developed) country; and the interaction between the two. This provides, it is argued, a useful framework within which to understand different and competing arguments about how to improve aid effectiveness.

Keywords: aid, official development assistance, aid effectiveness

JEL Classification: A14, O19

Suggested Citation

Howes, Stephen, An Overview of Aid Effectiveness, Determinants and Strategies (January 1, 2011). Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1863862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1863862

Stephen Howes (Contact Author)

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Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

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