Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80981
Authors: 
Martínez Álvarez, Melisa
Acharya, Arnab
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2012/69
Abstract: 
This paper explores the current evidence underlying the debate on aid effectiveness, with a specific focus on the health sector. It summarizes the history of aid and outlines the methodological challenges encountered when assessing its effectiveness. The current evidence on 'what works' in the different aid modalities is outlined, highlighting examples of success. The review finds that resource allocation, lack of predictability of funds, fragmentation, fungibility and the system of relationships foreign aid generates all hinder its effectiveness. Furthermore, even when projects are successful, countries face constraints in scaling them up. The aid effectiveness debate is dynamic, however, and constantly influenced by new global policies and players. The paper ends with a discussion of the future of aid and how these new actors and policies are likely to shape the landscape of development co-operation.
Subjects: 
aid effectiveness
health
fungibility
harmonization
JEL: 
O10
O16
O19
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-532-1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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