Easterly: Give Aid Only to Country Governments That Want it More Than We Do

Recipient countries may well be controlling donor countries’ aid policy as governments that need aid often hold the position to bargain and demand how much aid goes to which program, William Easterly recently wrote on the New York University blog Aid Watch.

Citing a New York Times column by Thomas Friedman, Easterly called this peculiar quality of donor-recipient relationship as “the worst-kept secret in aid.” The situation becomes more complicated if a donor country “wants it more” than the recipient country.

“Of course, when the donors want something more than the recipient, and the donors know they MUST continue the aid relationship, the recipient is in a strong bargaining position to ignore that something, and no amount of attention-seizing is going to work,” he wrote.

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  • Tarra Quismundo

    Tarra Quismundo joined Devex Manila as a staff writer in October 2009 after more than six years of working as a reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a nationwide daily, for which she covered major breaking news in politics, military, police and international affairs. Tarra's Devex News coverage focuses on key Asian donors and top aid officials around the globe.