NGOs and aid fragmentation: the Belgian case

Nadia Molenaers, Bert Jacobs, Sebastian Dellepiane Avellaneda

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
Journal Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Early online date1 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • aid fragmentation
  • aid effectiveness
  • civil society
  • Paris Declaration
  • Belgium


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