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A chain of gold? A comparative study on intermediaries, trust and control in complex global aid chains
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Stockholms centrum för forskning om offentlig sektor (SCORE).
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Stockholms centrum för forskning om offentlig sektor (SCORE).
2019 (Engelska)Konferensbidrag, Enbart muntlig presentation (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we aim for a better understanding of the roles of intermediaries in complex anduncertain contexts. The quest for faith and certainty is constantly pressing the actors in thepoliticized global field of development aid. Operating on the taxpayers’ money and faced withconditions which render knowledge of previous results and prediction of future results a realchallenge, what do they do? To what extent and how are results extrapolated from the use oforganizational structures and management technologies? To what extent and how are resultsrather extrapolated from interpersonal and interorganizational trust? How are the two related?We explore these research questions empirically in a comparative study of two “aid chains”consisting of numerous organizations interlinked in the coordination and operations of aidprojects (in this case aimed for capacity building in unions and universities in the globalsouth). Intermediaries are often criticized for adding “unnecessary” transaction costs to aidprojects. Based on our preliminary findings, we suggest that the understanding of theintermediary and its roles should be reconsidered. Analyzing the messiness and dynamics ofhow intermediaries handle trust and control opens up for a more nuanced understanding, notonly of the roles played by intermediaries but also of how complex systems are coordinated.

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2019.
Nyckelord [en]
develoment aid, trust, Sida, intermediaries
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177984OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-177984DiVA, id: diva2:1385637
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Political Resources conference, Södertörn, Sweden, May 17, 2019
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Vetenskapsrådet, projektet Towards an organizational theory on "obsessive measurement disorder": A comparative study on how intermediary organizations translate control requirements on aid
Forskningsfinansiär
Vetenskapsrådet, 2017-05623Tillgänglig från: 2020-01-15 Skapad: 2020-01-15 Senast uppdaterad: 2022-02-26Bibliografiskt granskad

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