The Institutional Economics of Foreign Aidby Bertin Martens, Uwe Mummert, Peter Murrell, Paul Seabright, Elinor Ostrom
Pub. Date: 03/28/2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book analyzes the institutions--incentives and constraints--that guide the behavior of persons involved in the implementation of aid programs. While traditional performance studies tend to focus almost exclusively on policies and institutions in recipient countries, the authors look at incentives in the entire chain of organizations involved in the delivery of foreign aid, from donor governments and agencies to consultants, experts and other intermediaries. They examine incentives inside donor agencies, the interaction of subcontractors with recipient organizations, incentives inside recipient country institutions, and biases in aid performance monitoring systems.
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Table of Contents
List of figures; Foreword Elinor Ostrom; 1. Introduction Bertin Martens; 2. Conflicts of objectives and task allocation in aid agencies Paul Seabright; 3. The interaction of donors, contractors and recipients in implementing aid for institutional reform Peter Murrell; 4. Embedding externally induced institutional reform Uwe Mummert; 5. The role of evaluation in foreign aid programmes Bertin Martens; 6. Some policy conclusions regarding organizations involved in foreign aid Bertin Martens; Index.
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