Multi-bilateral aid for disease control

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A growing portion of aid directed through multilateral channels is earmarked for specific recipients and purposes, giving donors greater control, also known as multi-bilateral aid. This project examines competing explanations of donors’ use of this multi-bilateral aid for different problems within the same sector, specifically development aid for disease control. Using explanations from the literature on multilateralism and principal-agent dynamics, I compare donors’ use of multi-bilateral and bilateral delivery of disease-specific foreign aid. The results suggest that while donors deliver a greater portion of aid through multi-bilateral channels for larger, more complex problems, they are reluctant to delegate issues that most affect their populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-402
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Political Science Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2023


  • Multi-bilateral aid
  • development aid and disease control
  • development aid for health
  • foreign aid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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