Less Aid Proliferation and More Donor Coordination? The Wide Gap between Words and Deeds

Iñaki Aldasoro & Peter Nunnenkamp & Rainer Thiele, 2010. "Less Aid Proliferation and More Donor Coordination? The Wide Gap Between Words and Deeds," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 22(7), pages 920-940

Posted: 28 Aug 2013

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Iñaki Aldasoro

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

Peter Nunnenkamp

University of Kiel

Rainer Thiele

Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: aid allocation, sector-specific commitments, Theil index, donor coordination, overlaps

JEL Classification: F35

Suggested Citation

Aldasoro, Iñaki and Nunnenkamp, Peter and Thiele, Rainer, Less Aid Proliferation and More Donor Coordination? The Wide Gap between Words and Deeds (2010). Iñaki Aldasoro & Peter Nunnenkamp & Rainer Thiele, 2010. "Less Aid Proliferation and More Donor Coordination? The Wide Gap Between Words and Deeds," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 22(7), pages 920-940. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2317301

Iñaki Aldasoro

Bank for International Settlements (BIS) ( email )

Centralbahnplatz 2
Basel, Basel-Stadt 4002
Switzerland

Peter Nunnenkamp

University of Kiel ( email )

D-24100 Kiel
Germany

Rainer Thiele (Contact Author)

Kiel Institute for the World Economy ( email )

P.O. Box 4309
Kiel, D-24100
Germany
+49 431 8814 215 (Phone)
+49 431 8814 500 (Fax)

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