In democratic donor countries the taxpayer is the principal at the beginning of the development cooperation (DC) delivery chain. The taxes paid are used to fund the activities of official bi- and multilateral DC.

In the course of recent decades, ample majorities of respondents have constantly expressed their preference for seeing DC funds used primarily for humanitarian aid and poverty reduction (see McDonnell / Solignac / Wegimont 2003). Opinion polls also indicate that a majority wishes DC funds to go to needy countries with development-oriented governments.

As a principal in the development cooperation, the taxpayer of donor country needs at least a critical mass of information on the behavior of the agents in order to be able to monitor and to evaluate the appropriateness of their actions.

Source: Jörg Faust, Dirk Messner (2007) Organizational Challenges for an Effective Aid Architecture – Traditional Deficits, the Paris Agenda and Beyond.


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