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Does Aid Availability Affect Effectiveness in Reducing Poverty? A Review Article

François Bourguignon and Jean-Philippe Platteau

World Development, 2017, vol. 90, issue C, 6-16

Abstract: This paper addresses the impact of aid supply on aid effectiveness. First, we review theoretical literature that deals with the problem of governance in donor–recipient relationships and are susceptible of highlighting effects of aggregate aid availability. Second, we provide a conceptual framework that explicitly incorporates a trade-off between considerations of needs and governance. We examine the impact of aid supply on the manner in which a donor agency allocates the available money between countries differing in terms of both needs and domestic governance. The central conclusion is that a donor’s utility function that embodies the need-governance trade-off and the associated optimization mechanism yield a meaningful rule to guide inter-country allocation of aid resources.

Keywords: aid effectiveness; governance; poverty reduction; aid allocation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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