Giving Aid Effectively: The Politics of Environmental Performance and Selectivity at Multilateral…

Hardcover | April 15, 2016

byMark T. Buntaine

not yet rated|write a review
International organizations do not always live up to the expectations and mandates of their member countries. One of the best examples of this gap is the environmental performance of multilateral development banks, which are tasked with allocating and managing approximately half of alldevelopment assistance worldwide. In the 1980s and 1990s, the multilateral development banks came under severe criticism for financing projects that caused extensive deforestation, polluted large urban areas, displaced millions of people, and destroyed valuable natural resources. In response tosignificant and public failures, member countries established or strengthened administrative procedures, citizen complaint mechanisms, project evaluation, and strategic planning processes. All of these reforms intended to close the gap between the mandates and performance of the multilateraldevelopment banks by shaping the way projects are approved. Giving Aid Effectively provides a systematic examination of whether these efforts have succeeded in aligning allocation decisions with performance.Mark T. Buntaine argues that the most important way to give aid effectively is selectivity - moving towards projects with a record of success and away from projects with a record of failure for individual recipient countries. This book shows that under certain circumstances, the control mechanismsestablished to close the gap between mandate and performance have achieved selectivity. Member countries prompt the multilateral development banks to give aid more effectively when they generate information about the outcomes of past operations and use that information to make less successfulprojects harder to approve or more successful projects easier to approve. This argument is substantiated with the most extensive analysis of evaluations across four multilateral development banks ever completed, together with in-depth case studies and dozens of interviews. More generally, Giving AidEffectively demonstrates that member countries have a number of mechanisms that allow them to manage international organizations for results.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$81.50

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

International organizations do not always live up to the expectations and mandates of their member countries. One of the best examples of this gap is the environmental performance of multilateral development banks, which are tasked with allocating and managing approximately half of alldevelopment assistance worldwide. In the 1980s and ...

Mark T. Buntaine is Assistant Professor in the Bren School of the Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:294 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190467452

ISBN - 13:9780190467456

Customer Reviews of Giving Aid Effectively: The Politics of Environmental Performance and Selectivity at Multilateral Development Banks

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements1. The Problem of Performance2. The Politics of Aid Effectiveness3. Addressing the Problem of Performance4. Administrative Procedures: Avoiding Delays with Environmentally Risky Projects5. Accountability Mechanisms: Civil Society Claims for Environmental Performance6. Project Evaluations: Learning What Works7. Strategic Planning: Integrating Evaluation into High-Level Decision-Making8. Conclusions and ImplicationsAppendix I Data Collection ProceduresAppendix II A Brief History of Evaluation at the Multilateral Development BanksNotesReferencesIndex