Resourcing International Organisations: How Earmarked Funding Affects Aid Effectiveness
International development organisations are increasingly funded through earmarked contributions whereby donors restrict the use of funds to specific countries, sectors, or themes. Worries are that earmarking undermines the capacity of these organisations to deliver on their mandates while increasing the cost of aid delivery. Beside evidence from case studies, our knowledge about whether and how earmarked funding affects the effectiveness of international organisations is limited.
Against this background, this research programme pursues the following aims and objectives:
- Does earmarked funding undermine aid effectiveness?
- Does earmarked funding affect organisational performance and project success?
- How does the type of earmarked funding matter?
To achieve its objectives, we will use a multi-method approach combining the following approaches:
- Large-N analysis of administrative datasets
- Survey experiment with recipient-country elites
- Qualitative-comparative case studies
Through its focus on funding structures, this research programme will highlight an overlooked determinant of organisational performance and aid effectiveness. Furthermore, its findings will feed into contemporary policy debates, specifically the relationship between earmarked funding and the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Expert survey on the funding of international organizations
We are inviting UN experts to express their opinion on earmarked funding. The goal of this survey is to understand the tradeoffs that are involved when considering whether to accept proposals for development projects with different kinds of funding support. If you have received an invitation to participate in this survey, please click this link: https://uofg.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8eTMPFeHzh9rZ2e
Bernhard Reinsberg (Principal Investigator)
Giuseppe Zaccaria(Postdoctoral Research Associate)
Cecilia Corsini (Research Associate)
Mirko Heinzel (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
Christian Siauwijaya (Research Assistant)
1 January 2022 – 31 December 2025
Funding and support
The programme benefits from an active advisory board with leading scholars and policymakers: