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Icelandic Development Assistance: A Comparative Assessment
This paper seeks to provide a performance-based assessment of the Icelandic authorities' effort in development aid distribution over the past two decades. Both scale and quality issues are studied empirically by means of simple grading systems and then ranked accordingly. We find that although the cumulative scale effort of the Icelandic authorities has been bleak compared with other donors, they have displayed considerable progress through time. Our results indicate that the Icelandic authorities choose a closer donor-recipient relationship by concentrating on bilateral aid distribution rather than multilateral. Finally, we find clear evidence of better aid quality than is apparent among larger donors, and a clear direction of its bilateral aid towards poorer recipients.