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The Spanish pattern of aid giving


Tezanos Vázquez, Sergio (2008) The Spanish pattern of aid giving. [ Working Papers; nº 04, 2008, ]


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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.

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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.
Palabras clave (otros idiomas):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
ID Code:9927

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