The Swarm Principle: A Sub-National Analysis of
Donor Coordination in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Marineau, Josiah, and Michael G. Findley. 2020. "The Swarm Principle: A Sub-National Analysis of Donor Coordination in Sub-Saharan Africa." Stability: International Journal of Security and Development 9(1): 1-22.
Abstract: Do bilateral and multilateral foreign aid donors target poverty? To answer that question, we present a framework for assessing the quality of aid targeting sub- nationally. If donors cluster aid in areas with concentrated poverty, or spread out aid in areas of diffuse poverty, then we conclude that donors are targeting aid well. Furthermore, because co-financing may be a mechanism that improves coordi- nation and information-sharing among donors, we examine whether the frequency of donor co-financing increases the quality of aid targeting. Recently released sub-national georeferenced foreign aid data for all bilateral and multilateral donors are available in five sub-Saharan African countries, making it possible to map the placement of foreign aid along with sub-national poverty levels. Results indicate that foreign donors target poverty in some countries but not others, and higher co-financing is associated with lower quality targeting across all cases.
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