'The Swarm Principle': A Sub-National Spatial Analysis of Aid Targeting and Donor Coordination in Sub-Saharan Africa

Josiah F. Marineau, Michael G. Findley
2020 Stability : International Journal of Security and Development  
Do bilateral and multilateral foreign aid donors target poverty? To answer that question, we present a framework for assessing the quality of aid targeting subnationally. If donors cluster aid in areas with concentrated poverty, or spread out aid in areas of diffuse poverty, then we conclude that donors are targeting aid well. Furthermore, because co-financing may be a mechanism that improves coordination and information-sharing among donors, we examine whether the frequency of donor
more » ... of donor co-financing increases the quality of aid targeting. Recently released sub-national georeferenced foreign aid data for all bilateral and multilateral donors are available in five sub-Saharan African countries, making it possible to map the placement of foreign aid along with sub-national poverty levels. Results indicate that foreign donors target poverty in some countries but not others, and higher co-financing is associated with lower quality targeting across all cases.
doi:10.5334/sta.669 fatcat:dhb2qd5gvrdxbbhkr6wpnz7bwu