Amy Lee
Luzmila Lambrano
Makousse Kone
Elena Guzman
Yasmeen Hayes

United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)

Developed countries’ commitment to eradicate poverty and the staggering number of people dying everyday from hunger, disease and conflict should be sufficient reasons to spark a debate about aid allocation. However, it was the realization that countries do not suffer these maladies in isolation, but that the rest of the world is eventually affected by these conditions, that has forcefully prompted the debate of aid allocation within the context of fragile states. Thus, a compelling policy-relevant research to analyze the mechanism and criteria by which this financial allocation takes place in countries with the worst economic, governance and social conditions is in order. The analysis of these “extreme cases”, often cited as fragile states, is helpful to generate alternatives to current PRSP practices and other national development plans. This paper purports to integrate elements of previous studies and create synergies that can prove advantageous to both the quest for efficacy in aid distribution and for a positive impact to the conditions and environments in fragile states, without undermining the population’s right to own and create their own governments.