Aid allocation within countries: Does it go to areas left behind?

by Harsh Desai and Romilly Greenhill
Overseas Development Institute Briefing Note, July 2017

12 pp. 2.4 MB

Much attention has been paid to aid allocation across countries, including whether aid should target poor people or poor countries. There has been less focus on where aid is spent when it reaches recipient countries, at sub-national levels. This is becoming an increasingly important issue in the context of the ‘leave no-one behind’ agenda. This short note presents new analysis on the relationship between aid allocation and sub-national estimates of poverty in four countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Honduras and Nigeria.

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