|World leaders are calling for an increase in the volume and effectiveness of aid. Better allocation of aid is one key way to increase its effectiveness towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. There are a variety of views on how aid should be allocated amoung developing partner countries. The most prominent view, emphasized by World Bank researchers, is to enhance pro-poor growth by allocating aid among low-income countries on the basis of policies and population.
Other views call for more aid to help keep vulnerable countries out of trouble - including those struggling with preventing or recovering from conflict. Others focus on the need for a more adequate response to humanitarian needs.
The results of the March 2003 OECD DAC/Development Center Experts' Seminar reported here break new ground in showing an emerging consensus among donor practitioners and researchers on how alid allocations can take more consistent account of these broadly-shared, but competing objectives.
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NB:This report was also published, in English and French, in the DAC Journal 2003, Vol 4, No. 3.