Partner country selection between development narratives and self-interests: A new method for analysing complex donor approaches

R. Melis Baydag, Stephan Klingebiel

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Abstract

Partner country (PC) selection lies in the centre of development policy decision-making of donor countries and institutions, and plays a significant role in shaping aid patterns. This paper proposes a comprehensive analysis contrasting donor intentions in PC selection with actual aid flows. Having analysed selected members of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, namely, the European Union, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, we suggest that (1) donors might not only be either altruistic or self-interested but also motivated by an intention to contribute to the provision of global public goods; (2) self-interest in aid provision can be an explicitly-stated strategy, contrary to what has been argued in the majority of the literature, which often treats self-interest as a non-stated donor intention; and (3) donors' self-interested intentions do not always lead to a less development-oriented donor approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1199-1223
Number of pages25
JournalReview of Development Economics
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2023

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Keywords

  • Aid allocation
  • DAC donors
  • Filter approach
  • ODA
  • Partner country selection

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