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Giving Aid Effectively: The Politics of Environmental Performance and Selectivity at Multilateral Development Banks

Mark T Buntaine


International organizations do not always live up to the expectations and mandates of their member countries. One of the best examples of this gap is the environmental performance of the multilateral development banks, which are tasked with allocating and managing approximately half of all development assistance worldwide. In the 1980s and 1990s, the multilateral development banks came under severe criticism for financing projects that caused extensive deforestation, polluted large urban areas, and displaced millions of people. In response to these failures, member countries established or str ... More

Keywords: foreign aid, multilateral development bank, environmental performance, international organizations, selectivity, administrative procedure, citizen complaint mechanism, project evaluation, strategic planning, principal-agent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190467456
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190467456.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark T Buntaine, author
Assistant Professor, International Relations and Environmental Policy, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California-Santa Barbara