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Why do some donor governments channel their aid through recipient governments, while others bypass such authorities?
In her new book, “States, Markets and Foreign Aid”, Simone Dietrich argues that the bureaucratic institutions of donor countries shape donor–recipient interactions differently, despite similar recipient country conditions. With Sweden as one of her cases, she demonstrates how internal beliefs and practices about states and markets inform how donors set their objectives for foreign aid and international development.
Donors with neoliberally organized public sectors bypass recipient governments, while donors with more traditional public-sector-oriented institutions cooperate and engage recipient authorities on aid delivery.
Simone Dietrich, Associate Professor, Political Science, Université de Genève
Magnus Lindell, EBA member
Joakim Molander, EBA member