Does Foreign Aid Target the Poorest?

  title={Does Foreign Aid Target the Poorest?},
  author={Ryan C. Briggs},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={187 - 206}
  • Ryan C. Briggs
  • Published 1 December 2016
  • Economics
  • International Organization
Abstract To examine the extent to which foreign aid reaches people at different levels of wealth in Africa, I use household surveys to measure the subnational distribution of a country's population by wealth quintiles and match this information to data on the location of aid projects from two multilateral donors. Within countries, aid disproportionately flows to regions with more of the richest people. Aid does not favor regions with more of the poorest people. These findings violate the stated… 

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