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Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
16 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleWhat Does the Evidence Tell Us about ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ in Development Assistance?
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessAid effectiveness Donors evidence
Journal ArticleDo Countries Use Foreign Aid to Buy Geopolitical Influence?: Evidence from Donor Campaigns for Temporary UN Security Council Seats
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and Effectivenessfunding Foreign aid Aid effectiveness
Journal ArticleToo Many Cooks in the Kitchen?: The Division of Financing in World Bank Projects and Project Performance
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessAid effectiveness Foreign aid funding
Journal ArticleBypassing Government: Aid Effectiveness and Malawi’s Local Development Fund
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessAid effectiveness Institutions Aid policy
Journal ArticleAid Targeting to Fragile and Conflict-Affected States and Implications for Aid Effectiveness
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessAid effectiveness Foreign aid Fragile states
BlogThe vital role of aid in development
The UNU-WIDER research programme on foreign aid ( ReCom ) began in 2010, in a period of strong aid scepticism. Dambisa Moyo’s well-known book, Dead Aid (2009), is just one example...Aid effectiveness Aid policy Conflict management
Working PaperInstitutional bypass and aid effectiveness in Africa
Many practical and action-oriented international roadmaps to improve the quality of aid and its delivery and impact on development—including the Paris Declaration, Accra Agenda for Action, and Busan Partnership—emphasize a more active inv...Aid effectiveness Institutions Aid policy
Working PaperWhat does the evidence tell us about ‘thinking and working politically’ in development assistance?
This paper critically reviews evidence on ‘thinking and working politically’ in development...Aid effectiveness Donors evidence
Working PaperAid targeting to fragile and conflict-affected states and implications for aid effectiveness
While significant amounts of foreign aid have been allocated to the group of so-called fragile and conflict-affected states in recent years, it is not clear whether that aid is targeted to where it is most needed...Aid effectiveness Foreign aid Fragile states
Working PaperToo many cooks in the kitchen?: The division of financing in World Bank projects and project performance
The total funding envelope for World Bank projects is often divided among various state and non-state actors, each of which can have competing ideas about or interests in the project...Aid effectiveness Foreign aid funding
Working PaperDo countries use foreign aid to buy geopolitical influence?: Evidence from donor campaigns for temporary UN Security Council seats
In recent years, donor countries have increasingly used different aid allocation channels to boost aid effectiveness...funding Foreign aid Aid effectiveness
Working PaperPutting Paris into practice: Foreign aid, national ownership, and donor alignment in Mali and Ghana
This paper examines the application of the first two principles of the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, namely ownership and alignment, to the cases of Mali and Ghana...Aid effectiveness Paris decleration ownership
PresentationIs Development cooperation still relevant in Africa? Lessons from UNU-WIDER research on aid effectiveness
A presentation by Finn Tarp , Director of UNU-WIDER at the 'Annual Meeting of Finnish Heads of Mission: Interdependence will come to the fore in global political changes'. For more information see here . Presentation slides here...
PresentationDoes development aid work?
Presentation to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Finnish Parliament on Aid Effectiveness. See slides here.