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The Spanish pattern of aid giving

Tezanos Vázquez, Sergio (2008) The Spanish pattern of aid giving. [Working Paper or Technical Report]

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Abstract

The geographical allocation of Spanish aid has been little studied, despite the fact that it is
unusually concentrated on middle-income countries. This paper sets out a model of Spanish
ODA policy based on a mixture of recipient needs, donor interests and effectiveness
considerations. Moreover it analyses both the aid-partner selection process and the eventual
aid-quota allocation. The results show that Spain has followed an eclectic pattern of aid
allocation, involving recipient needs, but where self-interest predominates and performance
criteria are absent. The apparently insufficient progressiveness of the Spanish allocation is
due mainly to the influence of the post-colonial links –although these links have
characterized the geographical specialization of all donor countries that were once colonial
metropolises.
Resumen
La asignación geográfica de la ayuda española ha sido poco estudiada, a pesar de su inusual
concentración en los países de ingreso medio. Este artículo propone un modelo explicativo
del patrón de asignación de la AOD española que combina variables relativas a las
necesidades de los países socios, variables de interés de política exterior española y
condicionantes de eficacia. Asimismo, se analiza tanto el proceso de selección de países
socios, como la decisión final de asignación de cuotas de ayuda. Los resultados muestran que
España ha seguido un patrón ecléctico de asignación, en el que se combinan factores de
necesidad relativa de los países socios e intereses de política exterior, pero preponderándose
estos últimos y desconsiderándose, en ocasiones, otros criterios de eficacia. La
aparentemente insuficiente progresividad de la ayuda española se debe principalmente a la
influencia de los vínculos post-coloniales –vínculos que han caracterizado los patrones de
especialización geográfica del resto de países donantes que fueron metrópoli coloniales.

Item Type:Working Paper or Technical Report
Uncontrolled Keywords:Official development assistance (ODA), Aid allocation, geographical specialization, Aid effectiveness, Recipients’ needs, Donor’s interests, Ayuda oficial al desarrollo (AOD), Asignación de la ayuda, Especialización geográfica, Eficacia de la ayuda, Necesidades de los receptores, Intereses de los donantes.
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Economic cooperation
Series Name:Working Papers
Volume:UNSPECIFIED
Number:WP04-0
ID Code:9927
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