Foreign Aid

In 2019, OECD member countries provided over USD 150 billion in foreign aid to promote development globally.

However, COVID-19 is likely to reduce foriegn aid and impact on the budgets of NGOs. CID researchers examine the allocation and impact of this assistance at both a macroeconomic level as well as the individual and household level impacts of aid provided by NGOs.

Lead: Simon Feeny 

Other researchers: Sefa Churchill, Alberto Posso

SDG alignment 

Relevant projects and publications

Evaluation of child sponsorship programs for World Vision and Plan International with pictures and a brief description of the work with links to reports and the organisations.

Recent publications

  • Munyanyi, M. E., Awaworyi Churchill, S., and Skali, A. (2020) “Foreign Aid and Development Goals: Revisiting the Evidence” in S Awaworyi Churchill (ed.), “Moving from the Millennium to the Sustainable Development Goals: Lessons and Recommendations”, Palgrave MacMillan: Singapore.
  • Feeny, S., Hansen, P., Knowles, S., McGillivray, M. and F. Ombler (2019), Donor Motives, Public Preferences and the Allocation of UK Foreign Aid: A Discrete Choice Experiment Approach, Review of World Economics, Vol.55, No.3, pp.511-537.
  • Clarke, M. and S. Feeny (2019), The Dragon versus the Kangaroo: Perceptions of Chinese and Australian Influence and Development Assistance in Vanuatu, Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol.4, No.3, pp.334-354.
  • Feeny, S. and V. Vuong (2017), Explaining Aid Project and Program Success: Findings from Asian Development Bank Interventions, World Development, Vol.90, pp.329-343.
  • Feeny, S. and M. McGillivray (2016), Aid and Global Poverty, in Brady, D. and L. Burton (eds.) Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Poverty, Oxford University Press, New York.
  • McGillivray, M. and S. Feeny (2015), Aid, Growth, Policies and Fragility, in M.Arvin (ed.) Handbook on the Economics of Foreign Aid, Edward Elgar, UK.


Work in Progress

  • Awaworyi-Churchill, S,. Feeny, S. and A. Posso (2020), Does Child Sponsorship Improve School Attendance?
  • Jennings, M., Clarke, M,. Feeny,S., Westhorp, G. and C. Donohue (2020), A Potent Fuel? Faith Identity and Development Impact in World Vision Community Programming.
  • Munyanyi, M. E., and Awaworyi Churchill, S. (2020) “Foreign Aid and energy poverty: sub-national evidence from Senegal
  • Munyanyi, M. E., Awaworyi Churchill, S., and Feeny, S. (2020) “Foreign aid and child health outcomes: Micro-evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo
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