RIPS: Institutional Design and the Funding of Post-war Peacebuilding Projects
Abstract: The literature on foreign aid focuses on the benefits of bilateral giving. I examine the provision of post-conflict aid in the multilateral context. I argue that the institutional framework through which a state can offer aid will condition which types of states are more likely to give in a particular circumstance. I posit that when states are unable to target their aid to a specific recipient, a state seeking to extract concessions will be less likely to contribute. Conversely, the inability to target one’s aid will not deter states from contributing when such donations are done to appease domestic factions and promote human rights broadly.