Development Aid, Effectiveness, and Inequalities in Conflict-Affected Societies

How do aid providers address systematic horizontal (group) inequalities in their work, and does aid help alleviate such inequalities? The project Development Aid, Effectiveness, and Inequalities in Conflict-Affected Societies (DEAFIN) will address these questions in two research packages:

Research Package 1

How to different forms of inequality affect the distribution of Development Aid?

  • Research Question 1.1: What are the key patterns in the distribution of development aid in Sub-Saharan Africa and how are they associated with horizontal inequalities?
  • Research Question 1.2: How does the understanding of inequalities affect the institutional priorities shaping where development aid is distributed?

Research Package 2

How does DA affect group inequalities?

  • Research Question 2.1: How does the distribution of development aid affect horizontal inequalities in countries with and without a history of violent conflict?
  • Research Question 2.2: How does development aid influence local-level health outcomes, including health inequalities between ethnic and religious groups?

The project builds on the Armed Conflict and Maternal Health project, Marie Curie ITN, and inequality mapping exercise for USAID. There has been extensive data collection – both of quantitative and qualitative data – prior to the project start-up.

There is a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda.​

This four-year project will run from January 2016 – December 2019 and is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Project Leader: Henrik Urdal (PRIO)

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