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Donor coordination or donor confusion? How disputed facts and problem framing affect the prospects for aid harmonization

Journal article
Authors Martin Sjöstedt
Aksel Sundström
Published in Development Policy Review
Volume 35
Issue S2
Pages O64–O79
ISSN 0950-6764
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages O64–O79
Language en
Subject categories Peace and development research, Political Science


A declared commitment in international development assistance is to promote donor co-ordination. Yet, how this objective plays out in practice, or how feasible and realistic it is, have rarely been evaluated. Using the fisheries sector as a critical case, this article explores whether two major international actors, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank, meet the demands of policy harmonization as spelled out in the Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness. Through a systematic qualitative analysis, the article investigates whether the policies of these actors are complementary or contradictory. It also assesses how the potential challenges to harmonization can be understood and what the broader implications for aid and development policies in general might be.

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