Aid effectiveness in fragile states - How bad is it and how can it improve?
We would like to share this new paper from the The Brookings Institution, written by Laurence Chandy in collaboration with Brina Seidel and Christine Zhang. The paper assesses how donor practices differ between countries affected by fragility and stable countries.
15 years ago donor policy toward fragile states could be characterised as mildly allergic, but in the recent years, it can be seen that there have been earnest efforts to deepen support and find ways of assisting these countries. The World Bank has committed to double resources to fragile states through IDA. The UK recently made a similar commitment to raise the share of its spending to fragile states.
The main concern of the paper is how all this new money is spent—and ensuring that the principles of good practice do not go out the window as can happen when donors work in difficult environments. The findings of the paper are quite sobering and it is hoped that it will stimulate a conversation about the role of donors, and their division of labor, in fragile countries.
Access the paper here.