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Multi-bI aid in european development assistance: the role of capacity constraints and member state politics


Michaelowa, Katharina; Reinsberg, Bernhard; Schneider, Christina (2017). Multi-bI aid in european development assistance: the role of capacity constraints and member state politics. Development Policy Review, 35(4):513-530.

Abstract

We analyse the patterns of multi-bi aid in the European Union. Using newly available multi-bi aid data and a large number of staff interviews at the European Commission, the World Bank and bilateral donors, we draw three conclusions. First, the Commission's capacity constraints and lack of specific expertise have prevented it from becoming an important host of trust funds like other international development organizations. Second, the same capacity constraints can generally explain its extensive participation in trust funds at other international development organizations. In the case of large global funds, however, Commission participation often reflects the outcome of member state politics. Third, once the Commission delegates its aid to multilateral agencies, it does not impose strong substantive earmarking, but requires a high level of legal and administrative controls.

Abstract

We analyse the patterns of multi-bi aid in the European Union. Using newly available multi-bi aid data and a large number of staff interviews at the European Commission, the World Bank and bilateral donors, we draw three conclusions. First, the Commission's capacity constraints and lack of specific expertise have prevented it from becoming an important host of trust funds like other international development organizations. Second, the same capacity constraints can generally explain its extensive participation in trust funds at other international development organizations. In the case of large global funds, however, Commission participation often reflects the outcome of member state politics. Third, once the Commission delegates its aid to multilateral agencies, it does not impose strong substantive earmarking, but requires a high level of legal and administrative controls.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:European Union, multilateral agencies, delegation, multi-bi aid, earmarking
Language:English
Date:July 2017
Deposited On:10 Jan 2018 10:48
Last Modified:16 Nov 2018 17:30
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0950-6764
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12193

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