Task 4.3. The emerging international aid players: South-.South cooperation and private donors
(Partners involved: ; IfW, ITESM-EGAP, FUNDP-CRED; Month 12 to Month 42)
The established official donors are increasingly facing the challenge of dealing with newcomers. These include emerging official donors from Southern economies, such as China, India, Brazil and South Africa, as well as NGOs and charitable foundations playing an increasing role as fund raisers/providers and as operators. We investigate whether these new players have their own agendas, which might further complicate the functioning of the international aid architecture. We also examine whether certain NGO characteristics make them better suited than official donors to reaching the poor in recipient countries.
This issue should help the EU to adapt its aid strategy to this new configuration, taking account the risk of competition between donors. Specifically, the task comprises the following components:
(IfW) An empirical account of the strategies of new donors in
order to assess whether they behave differently than established DAC
donors; it is mainly based on the newly released database by the
AidData initiative that offers project-related information on the
engagement of donors in specific recipient countries, but also relies
on other sources, in particular for China whose aid is not captured by
the AidData initiative.
(FUNDP-CRED) A theoretical analysis focused on the role of NGOs in aid programmes, particularly their effectiveness in reaching the poor and meeting their needs compared to alternative aid channels.
(ITESM-EGAP) A comparative case study to assess the performance of NGOs, in particular the impact of internal proceedings and policy design on empowerment of the aid’s beneficiaries, and their ability to strengthen social capital and social cohesion, in a way to overcome poverty and exclusion.
This task is related to 6.2 (third economy).