Journal Article

Are aid agencies improving?

William Easterly

in Economic Policy

Published on behalf of Center for Economic Studies of the University of Munich

Volume 22, issue 52, pages 634-678
Published in print October 2007 | ISSN: 0266-4658
Published online August 2014 | e-ISSN: 1468-0327 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0327.2007.00187.x
Are aid agencies improving?

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The record of the aid agencies over time seems to indicate weak evidence of progress in response to learning from experience, new knowledge, or changes in political climate. The few positive results are an increased sensitivity to per capita income of the recipient (although it happened long ago), a decline in the share of food aid, and a decline in aid tying. Most of the other evidence – increasing donor fragmentation, unchanged emphasis on technical assistance, little or no sign of increased selectivity with respect to policies and institutions, the adjustment lending-debt relief imbroglio – suggests an unchanged status quo, lack of response to new knowledge, and repetition of past mistakes.

— William Easterly

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Subjects: Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity ; Financial Regulation ; Health, Education, and Welfare ; Labour and Demographic Economics ; Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics ; Public Economics ; Regional Government Analysis

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