Do Aid Donors Specialize and Coordinate within Recipient Countries? The Case of Malawi

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Peter Nunnenkamp

University of Kiel

Albena Sotirova

Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Rainer Thiele

Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Date Written: November 2016

Abstract

Acknowledging that aid proliferation and a lack of coordination impair aid effectiveness, donors have repeatedly promised to specialize and better coordinate their aid activities, notably in the Paris Declaration of 2005. We exploit data on the exact location of aid projects in Malawi to assess whether the country's bilateral and multilateral donors have acted accordingly at the district and sector level. We do not find compelling evidence for increased aid specialization after the Paris Declaration, and the regional division of labour among donors may even have deteriorated. Our within‐country evidence thus broadly corroborates what previous studies have found at the national level of recipient countries.

Keywords: foreign aid, aid proliferation, donor coordination, Malawi

Suggested Citation

Nunnenkamp, Peter and Sotirova, Albena and Thiele, Rainer, Do Aid Donors Specialize and Coordinate within Recipient Countries? The Case of Malawi (November 2016). Development Policy Review, Vol. 34, Issue 6, pp. 831-849, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2851638 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12186

Peter Nunnenkamp (Contact Author)

University of Kiel ( email )

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Albena Sotirova

Kiel Institute for the World Economy ( email )

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Kiel, D-24100
Germany

Rainer Thiele

Kiel Institute for the World Economy ( email )

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Kiel, D-24100
Germany
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+49 431 8814 500 (Fax)

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