Congo Masquerade: The Political Culture of Aid Inefficiency and Reform Failure

Congo Masquerade: The Political Culture of Aid Inefficiency and Reform Failure

by Theodore Trefon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1848138369

ISBN-13: 2901848138369

Pub. Date: 11/08/2011

Publisher: Zed Books

Congo Masquerade is about mismanagement, hypocrisy,and powerlessness in what has proved to be one of Africa's most troublesome and volatile states. In this scathing study of catastrophic aid inefficiency, Trefon argues that while others have examined war and plunder in the Great Lakes region, none have yet evaluated the imported "template format" reform

Overview

Congo Masquerade is about mismanagement, hypocrisy,and powerlessness in what has proved to be one of Africa's most troublesome and volatile states. In this scathing study of catastrophic aid inefficiency, Trefon argues that while others have examined war and plunder in the Great Lakes region, none have yet evaluated the imported "template format" reform package pieced together to introduce democracy and improve the well-being of ordinary Congolese. It has, the book demonstrates, been for years an almost unmitigated failure due to the ingrained political culture of corruption among the Congolese elite, abetted by the complicity and incompetence of international partners.
 
Startling and provocative, Congo Masquerade offers a critical examination of why aid is not helping the Congo.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901848138369
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Series:
African Arguments Series
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
176

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
The crocodile and the scorpion: a parable
Timeline
Map of Democratic Republic of Congo

1: Why state-building is not working
2: The political economy of broken promises
3: A patchwork of unrealisitc reforms
4: The administrative juggernaut
5: Culture matters
6: Conclusion

Bibliography

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