Development Without Aid: The Decline of Development Aid and the Rise of the Diaspora

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“Development Without Aid” opens up perspectives about foreign aid to the world’s poorest countries. Growing up in Malawi the author developed a sense of the limitations of foreign assistance and from this evolves a critique of foreign aid as an alien resource unable to provide the dynamism that could propel the poorest countries out of poverty.

The book aims to help move the discussion beyond foreign aid. It examines the rapid growth of the world’s diasporas as a quasi-indigenous resource of increasing strength ...

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Overview

“Development Without Aid” opens up perspectives about foreign aid to the world’s poorest countries. Growing up in Malawi the author developed a sense of the limitations of foreign assistance and from this evolves a critique of foreign aid as an alien resource unable to provide the dynamism that could propel the poorest countries out of poverty.

The book aims to help move the discussion beyond foreign aid. It examines the rapid growth of the world’s diasporas as a quasi-indigenous resource of increasing strength in terms of both financial and human capital, and considers how far such a resource might supersede aid. It uses extensive research findings to explore the possibilities for a resumption of sovereignty by poor states, especially in Africa, over their own development with the assistance of the world’s diasporas.

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‘An excellent book – one that I hope starstruck journos at the “FT” and “Economist” [...], who have given the [World] Bank a free pass over the years, will read.’ —Andrew Hilton, ‘Financial World’

‘This is a very well-written book which will no doubt have a wide readership covering practitioners of both public and development policy […] In the context of the unresolved controversies relating to the developmental role of external aid, the author makes important contributions towards bringing out the importance of country-specific insights in understanding the mechanisms and processes that explain why, how and when aid works in particular societies which are key considerations for making the design and delivery of aid effective. ’ —Mustafa K. Mujeri, ‘Bangladesh Development Studies’

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David A. Phillips is a writer and economic consultant. He was educated in Britain and has a PhD in economic development. 

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Table of Contents

List of Acronyms; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction: Motivation and Perspective; 2. What Is Foreign Aid, Who Does It, Why and How Much Is There?; 3. How Far Has Development Aid Been Effective?; 4. Why Has Development Aid Done So Little?; 5. Changing the Dynamics of Development; 6. “New Aid”: New Ways to Promote and Finance Development?; 7. Another Pathway Out of Poverty?; 8. Exit Strategy – Replacing Foreign Assistance; 9. Postscript; Notes; Index

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