Delivering Effective Aid to Fragile States

Samantha Fitzgerald


In researching this project, I intend to focus on what initiatives successfully improve aid alignment (donor coordination) in fragile states. In 2010, global official development assistance was provided at levels over $120 billion according to the OECD. This figure proves how large of an investment is made annually around the world, marking how important it is to better understand these flows of money. The aid alignment analysis will be based on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s High Level Fora on Aid Effectiveness.  A policy analysis of the subset of aid programs working in fragile nations will give a fuller picture of ways in which there can be effective versus ineffective programs. The analysis will focus on coordinated improvement stemming from the OECD recommendations is important to see historic successes as well as areas for improvement. I will analyze the policy initiatives taken to increase the alignment of aid in fragile states as compared to the recommendations made and benchmarks set at the different OECD events. This analysis will allow for comparison between proposed solutions and actual reported results. The results data will be taken from OECD and Center for Global Development studies and compared qualitatively with the benchmarks set at the High Level Fora events. By undertaking this policy analysis, this project will help achieve a greater understanding of what practical, tangible effects the recommendations of the High Level Fora have had on mitigating the challenges inherent in foreign aid such as how to measure success and how to develop efficient partnerships. In addition, the results of this research may provide a benchmark for donor states, partner states, civil society organizations, and other actors to see how far aid to fragile states has come on the issue of alignment since the Rome High Level Forum in 2003.


Development; Foreign Aid; Fragile States

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