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Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis$
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José Antonio Ocampo and José Antonio Alonso

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231159661

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231159661.001.0001

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Governance of the Aid System and the Role of the European Union

Governance of the Aid System and the Role of the European Union

(p.314) Chapter 7 Governance of the Aid System and the Role of the European Union
Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis

Owen Barder

Mikaela Gavas

Simon Maxwell

Deborah Johnson

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter evaluates the governance of the aid system, with a case study of the European Union (EU). The EU makes a good case study, because the global questions about governance of international aid also apply at the level of the EU. Additionally, the concept of “good governance” here is measured in five criteria: effectiveness, efficiency, legitimacy, accountability, and adaptability. When applied to a growing, diversifying, variously governed aid system, the current options of aid governance are still rather lacking, though fortunately, the aid systems (or “non-systems”) can only score higher with anticipated reforms. Aid governance through multilateral channels scored the highest in this analysis—and indeed, this mechanism affords high accountability, despite at the same time offering paradoxically little incentive for donor support.

Keywords:   European Union, governance, aid system, multilateral channels, donor support, accountability, criteria, good governance, aid governance

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