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Aid, budgets and accountability: a survey article

de Renzio, Paolo (2006) Aid, budgets and accountability: a survey article. Development Policy Review, 24 (6). pp. 627-645. ISSN 0950-6764

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-7679.2006.00351.x


This article surveys the recent literature relating to the rationale for scaling up aid and improving its effectiveness. Modalities such as General Budget Support (GBS) are being introduced to increase country ownership and strengthen budget systems and domestic accountability. However, recent assessments of GBS programmes and Public Financial Management (PFM) reforms highlight a number of shortcomings which call into question the role of donors in supporting institutional change. Political-economy factors are often overlooked. Moreover, in a number of countries, donors are deeply involved in core policy processes, undermining their capacity to play a more constructive role. As a consequence, the strengthening of domestic accountability remains an elusive objective.

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Additional Information: © 2006 Overseas Development Institute
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2009 16:17
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2024 17:51

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