International Coordination and the Effectiveness of Aid

Professor Arne Bigsten , Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development, University of Gothenburg

The paper discusses and seeks to quantify the effects of improved donor coordination on aid effectiveness. Empirical estimates are first provided 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. Further estimates are presented showing how much could be gained in terms of poverty reduction by optimizing aid allocation across countries. The potential gains of a coordinated reallocation would be huge, but there are severe political implementation constraints. Still, the overall conclusion of the paper is that there are huge potential gains from donor coordination.

About the speaker
Professor Arne Bigsten is Director of Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development and Professor of Development Economics at 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. He has published several books and articles on income distribution, poverty, globalization and development policy issues. For more see:

Venue: Conference Room

Date: 31 October 2013

Time: 12:30 - 13:30  CET