International Coordination and the Effectiveness of Aid

  • DATE / TIME:
    2013•10•31    12:30 - 13:30

    Joint UNU-MERIT/MSoG seminar: “International Coordination and the Effectiveness of Aid”

    In this seminar, Prof. Arne Bigsten of the University of Gothenburg will discuss a paper that seeks to quantify the effects of improved donor coordination on aid effectiveness.

    The study provides empirical estimates of the reductions in transaction costs that can be achieved by better donor coordination via concentration to fewer partner countries and a shift from project aid to programme-based approaches. It then presents estimates showing how much could be gained in terms of poverty reduction by optimizing aid allocation across countries. The study suggests that while potential gains of a coordinated reallocation would be huge, there are severe political implementation constraints.

    For more information, see the Calendar of upcoming events on the UNU-MERIT website.

    About the speaker

    Professor Arne Bigsten is Director of the Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development and Professor of Development Economics at the University of Gothenburg. His research interests revolve around development economics, especially income distribution, poverty and growth, rural and industrial development, trade and aid, development policy, globalization issues.