Does Foreign Aid Reduce Poverty? Empirical Evidence from Nongovernmental and Bilateral Aid

Author/Editor:

Boriana Yontcheva ; Nadia Masud

Publication Date:

May 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper assesses the effectiveness of foreign aid in reducing poverty through its impact on human development indicators. We use a dataset of both bilateral aid and NGO aid flows. Our results show that NGO aid reduces infant mortality and does so more effectively than official bilateral aid. The impact on illiteracy is less significant. We also test whether foreign aid reduces government efforts in achieving developmental goals and find mixed evidence of a substitution effect.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/100

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451861198/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005100

Format:

Paper

Pages:

31

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