WIDERAngle June - July 2012 issue

UNU-WIDER / June 2012

ReCom highlights in the WIDERAngle June - July 2012 issue.

How to Spend it?
James Stewart

A donor dilemma: aid effectiveness in fragile states.

Donors are often faced with the dilemma that those countries most in need of aid are often those least likely to spend it effectively.  Attempts to overcome this dilemma by using capacity building and policy conditionality have proved ineffective and a new approach is required. In the UNU working paper 'How to Spend it: The organization of public spending and aid effectiveness', Paul Collier first addresses the donor dilemma and then goes on to suggest a menu of new organizational designs for ensuring that recipient countries use aid efficiently. Full article.

How can food aid be more effective?
James Stewart

If food aid is to be more effective donors need to consider both the goals of the aid, and its economic implications.

The availability and affordability of food in developing countries is a constant concern and malnutrition causes the death of around 2.6 million children a year. In the wake of the food crisis of 2007-2008 many donors made a renewed commitment to food security. In his WIDER working paper 'Foreign Assistance and the Food Crisis of 2007-2008', Phillip Abbott addresses the issues arounf food aid and highlights a number of key problems that policy makers need to keep in mind when designing and administering projects aimed at mitigating the effects of the food crisis.  Full article.  

Policy Brief

Does foreign aid foster democracy? What is the relationship between foreign aid, democracy assistance and democratic transitions and consolidation? What are the unintended consequences of different intervention modalities, and how these can be mitigated? In this ReCom policy brief answers and recommendations from the Foreign Aid and Democracy in Africa research.