NGOs and aid fragmentation : the Belgian caseNGOs and aid fragmentation : the Belgian case
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Development processes, actors and policies
Voluntas: international journal of voluntary and non-profit organizations. - Manchester
25(2014):2, p. 378-404
University of Antwerp
Aid fragmentation is considered a burden for recipient countries. NGOs as important channellers of official development assistance can contribute significantly to this fragmentation. This article is a first attempt to conceptualize and measure NGO aid fragmentation while identifying the complex set of (contradictory) incentive structures. The Belgian case, with its multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic setting, and multi-layered government structures is a crucial case for showing the possible variety of factors which may influence fragmentation. The research finds that fighting aid fragmentation may prove a lot more difficult than suggested because, in the Belgian case, with its multiple incentive structures, fragmentation actually pays off for NGOs.