Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies

Foreign aid to the Pacific: trends and developments in the twenty-first century

By Matthew Dornan and Jonathan Pryke

1st September, 2017 - Development | The Pacific

The Pacific islands is one of the most aid-dependent regions in the world. This article examines developments in the delivery of foreign aid to the region since the year 2000, a period in which there has been considerable change in both the amount and way in which aid is delivered internationally. Although Pacific island countries have seen a scale-up in development assistance, it has been modest relative to that enjoyed by other developing countries. Improvement has been mixed in areas identified as a concern by the aid effectiveness agenda, with high levels of volatility and lack of predictability particularly problematic.

Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Flickr

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