© 2016

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Elena Pietschmann
      Pages 217-229

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

About the editors

Stephan Klingebiel is Head of the Department of Bilateral and Multilateral Development Policy at the German Development Institute, Germany. His research and university teaching focus on the political economy of aid, aid development effectiveness, political economy and governance issues in sub-Saharan Africa, and crisis prevention and conflict management. He is a regular Visiting Professor at Stanford University, USA.

Timo Mahn is a researcher and public sector consultant at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). His research interests include public financial management, development effectiveness and the United Nations. 

Mario Negre is a senior economist in the World Bank Research Group focusing on inclusive growth and shared prosperity as well as poverty and inequality measurement. He is seconded by the German Development Institute and has worked at the European Parliament in the past.


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