The Fragmentation of Aid

Concepts, Measurements and Implications for Development Cooperation

  • Stephan Klingebiel
  • Timo Mahn
  • Mario Negre

Part of the Rethinking International Development series book series (RID)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Stephan Klingebiel, Timo Mahn, Mario Negre
    Pages 1-18
  3. Measurements of Fragmentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Fredrik Ericsson, Suzanne Steensen
      Pages 21-32
    3. Daniela Buscaglia, Anjula Garg
      Pages 45-59
  4. Drivers and Actors of Fragmentation

  5. Impact and Consequences of Fragmentation

  6. How to Deal with Fragmentation

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 315-359

About this book


This edited volume provides an assessment of an increasingly fragmented aid system. Development cooperation is fundamentally changing its character in the wake of global economic and political transformations and an ongoing debate about what constitutes, and how best to achieve, global development. This also has important implications for the setup of the aid architecture. The increasing number of donors and other actors as well as goals and instruments has created an environment that is increasingly difficult to manoeuvre. Critics describe today's aid architecture as 'fragmented': inefficient, overly complex and rigid in adapting to the dynamic landscape of international cooperation.  By analysing the actions of donors and new development actors, this book gives important insights into how and why the aid architecture has moved in this direction. The contributors also discuss the associated costs, but also potential benefits of a diverse aid system, and provide some concrete options for the way forward.


Foreign Aid Aid Development Cooperation Official Development Assistance Fragmentation Donors Development Policy Developing Countries Development Aid South-South Cooperation OECD Aid Coordination Aid Effectiveness Aid Architecture Political Economy of Aid

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephan Klingebiel
    • 1
  • Timo Mahn
    • 2
  • Mario Negre
    • 3
  1. 1.German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)BonnGermany
  2. 2.German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für EntwicklungspolitikBonnGermany
  3. 3.The World Bank German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)BonnUSA

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