Brazil: Aid from Below

By Kellee Usher

Emerging donors and their aid-giving activities have generated a lot of excitement, as many scholars and aid workers believe emerging donors present a new and more effective method of aid. This type of aid produces effectiveness based on relationships built from common experience and projects centered around recipient country needs. However, there are many risks, not least of which is the failure of emerging donors to implement rigorous monitoring and evaluation. Brazilian aid suffers this same problem, leading to a lack of information for assessing project effectiveness and results. Brazilian aid is also different in definition from traditional OECD aid, making it difficult to assess. This article recommends that trilateral partners attempt to build the Brazilian aid agency’s capacity to monitor and evaluate, that Brazil consolidate its aid giving into its existing aid agency, and that future research return to assess the effectiveness of emerging donor projects.

About the author:
Kellee Usher is a third year dual master’s candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, studying global policy studies and Latin American studies. She focuses on international development, and her thesis work is on rural education and employment in Brazil. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and international studies, focusing on political and economic transitions in Latin America, specifically the Southern Cone. She works as a researcher for an Austin nonprofit studying Texas education, and as a freelance graphic designer for education foundations throughout Texas.

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