Title: Distortions in aid allocation of United Nations flash appeals
Subtitle: evidence from the 2015 Nepal earthquake
Authors: Eichenauer, Vera
Fuchs, Andreas 
Kunze, Sven
Strobl, Eric
Language: en
Keywords: Universitätsbibliographie;Evaluation 2019
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Document Type: Working Paper
Journal / Series / Working Paper (HSU): Kiel working paper 
Volume: no. 2120 (February 2019)
Pages: circa 51 Seiten
Publisher Place: [Kiel]
We examine the role of local need and various distortions in the design and implementation of United Nations flash appeal triggered in response to the destructive 2015 Nepal earthquake. Specifically, we investigate the extent to which the allocation of this humanitarian assistance follows municipalities' affectedness and their physical and socio-economic vulnerabilities, as rapidly reducing suffering is the intended goal of flash appeals. We then analyze potential ethnic, religious, and political distortions. We alternatively consider the proposed project number, the proposed financial amount, and the subsequent funding decision by aid donors. Our results show that aid allocation is associated with geophysical estimates of the disaster's destructiveness, but shows little regard for the specific socio-economic and physical vulnerabilities conditional on destruction. It is worrisome that the allocation of the flash appeal commitments favors municipalities dominated by higher castes and disadvantages those with a greater distance to the Nepali capital Kathmandu.
Organization Units (connected with the publication): Umwelt-, Klima- und Entwicklungsökonomik 
URL: https://ub.hsu-hh.de/DB=1.8/XMLPRS=N/PPN?PPN=1067380728
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