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Aid to Africa; So Much to Do, So Little Done

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Overview


Why, despite decades of high levels of foreign aid, has development been so disappointing in most of Sub-Saharan Africa, leading to rising numbers of poor and fueling political instabilities? While not ignoring the culpability of Africans in these problems, Carol Lancaster finds that much of the responsibility is in the hands of the governments and international aid agencies that provide assistance to the region. The first examination of its kind, Aid to Africa investigates the impact of bureaucratic politics, special interest groups, and public opinion in aid-giving countries and agencies. She finds that aid agencies in Africa often misdiagnosed problems, had difficulty designing appropriate programs that addressed the local political environment, and failed to coordinate their efforts effectively.

This balanced but tough-minded analysis does not reject the potential usefulness of foreign aid but does offer recommendations for fundamental changes in how governments and multilateral aid agencies can operate more effectively.

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What People Are Saying

Anthony Lake
This is an informative blend of scolarship and analysis of and increasingly troubling problem: why development has lagged in Africa despite the relatively large flow of aid to the region. This is the first extended study to focus squarely on the performance of the governments and international institutions providing the aid as a key part of the answer.
— Anthony Lake, Former U.S. National Security Advisor
Oulid Abdallah
In this fresh and comprehensive contribution to the debate on official aid, Carol Lancaster presents us with a lucid and enlightening account of the hope, challenge, and reality of development assistance, one of the cold war era's greatest economic, political, and human adventures.
— Oulid Abdallah, Global Coalition for Africa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226468396
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 303
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword by Richard C. Leone
Acknowledgements
1. Introduction
2. Africa—So Little Development?
3. Aid and Development in Africa
4. Foreign Aid: The Donors
5. The United States
6. France and Britain
7. Sweden, Italy, Japan
8. The Multilaterals
9. Findings
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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