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Are Donor Countries Giving More or Less Aid?

Author/Editor: Gupta, Sanjeev | Pattillo, Catherine A. | Wagh, Smita
Authorized for Distribution: January 1, 2006
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Summary: The volume of foreign aid has increased during the last four decades, albeit with interruptions in certain years. Over time, the major recipients have changed: while the share of aid to Asia has diminished since the 1980s, that destined for sub-Saharan Africa has grown. There is some evidence that, since the late 1990s, debt relief has assumed a larger share of the increased aid flows to sub-Saharan Africa. The share of technical cooperation-a component of aid that is viewed as being driven by donors-has risen. More recently, there has been an increased emphasis on providing budget support to recipient governments, especially in the form of debt relief. Donor harmonization, national ownership of development plans, and sound policies on the part of the recipients are crucial for the aid to be effective in reducing poverty.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 06/1
Subject(s): Asia | Budgetary policy | Debt relief | Development assistance | Sub-Saharan Africa
Author's keyword(s): Foreign aid | donor countries | budget support | technical cooperation
 
English  
    Published:   January 1, 2006        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2006001   Pages:   29
    Price:   US$15.00 (Academic Rate: US$15.00 )
       
     
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