Donor bureaucratic organisation and the pursuit of performance-based aid through multilateral trust funds

Dietrich, S., Reinsberg, B. and Steinwand, M. C. (2022) Donor bureaucratic organisation and the pursuit of performance-based aid through multilateral trust funds. Journal of International Relations and Development, 25(3), pp. 709-738. (doi: 10.1057/s41268-022-00259-x)

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Multilateral trust funds have become an increasingly prominent funding mechanism in international development. Yet marked differences exist in the extent to which donors support trust funds. In this study, we argue that differential support for trust funds originates in donor domestic politics. Specifically, it results from differences in national bureaucratic rulebooks that incentivise aid officials to support trust funds more or less. Because trust funds place a high premium on performance and results, aid officials from donor countries whose aid bureaucracies are set up to promote performance and results are more likely to support trust funds than their counterparts from aid bureaucracies that are less performance-oriented. We find robust support for differential use of trust funds in terms of incidence of usage, type of preferred fund and outsourcing behaviour, drawing on a data set of World Bank trust funds. Our project contributes to the understanding of international development cooperation by mapping donor political economies to the rise of trust fund usage. We also contribute to a better understanding of the global diffusion of performance-based evaluation.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Reinsberg, Dr Bernhard
Authors: Dietrich, S., Reinsberg, B., and Steinwand, M. C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Journal of International Relations and Development
ISSN (Online):1581-1980
Published Online:25 April 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Springer Nature Limited
First Published:First published in Journal of International Relations and Development 25(3): 709-738
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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