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Donor fragmentation and bureaucratic quality in aid recipients, Volume 1
Author:Knack,Stephen; Rahman, Aminur; Country:World;
Date Stored:2004/02/04Document Date:2004/01/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Public Health Promotion; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Decentralization; Health Economics & Finance; Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness; ICT Policy and Strategies; Economic Adjustment and Lending
Language:EnglishRegion:The World Region
Report Number:WPS3186Collection Title:Policy, Research working paperno. WPS 3186
Volume No:1  

Summary: This paper analyzes the impact of donor fragmentation on the quality of government bureaucracy in aid-recipient nations. A formal model of a donor's decision to hire government administrators to manage donor-funded projects predicts that the number of administrators hired declines as the donor's share of other projects in the country increases, and as the donor's "altruism" (concern for the success of other donors' projects) increases. These hypotheses are supported by cross-country empirical tests using an index of bureaucratic quality available for aid-recipient nations over the 1982-2001 period. Declines in bureaucratic quality are associated with higher donor fragmentation (reflecting the presence of many donors, each with a small share of aid), and with smaller shares of aid coming from multilateral agencies, a proxy for donor "altruism."

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