Aid Targeting to Fragile and Conflict-Affected States and Implications for Aid Effectiveness

Open Access Journal | ISSN: 2183-2463

Article | Open Access

Aid Targeting to Fragile and Conflict-Affected States and Implications for Aid Effectiveness


  • Yiagadeesen Samy Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada
  • David Carment Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada


Full Text   PDF (free download)
Views: 1143 | Downloads: 997


Abstract:  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. This article extends recent work by Carment and Samy (2017, in press), and focuses on aid targeting in fragile states by using the Country Indicators for Foreign Policy fragility index together with sectoral aid flows from the OECD Creditor Reporting System. Specifically, it considers six country-cases from a three-fold typology of states and evaluates the performance of these countries in terms of their fragility relative to the types of aid that they have received. The article argues that aid is poorly targeted in fragile states and by considering the sectoral allocation of aid it also contributes indirectly to the related issue of aid effectiveness.

Keywords:  aid effectiveness; aid targeting; conflict-affected states; foreign aid; fragile states

Published:   5 June 2019


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v7i2.1852


© UNU-WIDER. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.