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The network of bilateral aid to education 2005–2015

, University of Bath, United Kingdom ; , University of Massachusetts, United States

International Journal of Educational Development Volume 64, Number 1, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Rooted in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid effectiveness, contemporary discourses on bilateral aid emphasize partnership, coordination, and allocation of aid according to recipients’ need. While aid to education is a key theme in literature on education for international development, systematic studies of aid flows in the education sector are very rare. After reviewing literature on determinants of bilateral aid and broader theories of globalization and development, we consider bilateral aid to education as a network in which donor and recipient countries are connected through flows of aid. We look at how the structure of this network has changed over ten years and find decreasing centralization in the aid network. Aid recipients are connected to increasing numbers donors, which would lessen their dependence and decrease donor influence. However, we find the presence and strength of ties are significantly related to donors’ interests, specifically former colonial relationships and the development of export markets. Thus, while there is some empirical support of a more egalitarian aid structure, there is also evidence that the aid relationship primarily reflects’ donors’ interests.


Shields, R. & Menashy, F. (2019). The network of bilateral aid to education 2005–2015. International Journal of Educational Development, 64(1), 74-80. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved July 18, 2019 from .

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