The Samaritan's Dilemma: The Political Economy of Development Aid / Edition 1

The Samaritan's Dilemma: The Political Economy of Development Aid / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0199278857
ISBN-13:
9780199278855
Pub. Date:
11/03/2005
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

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The Samaritan's Dilemma: The Political Economy of Development Aid / Edition 1

What's wrong with foreign aid? Many policymakers, aid practitioners, and scholars have called into question its ability to increase economic growth, alleviate poverty, or promote social development. At the macro level, only tenuous links between development aid and improved living conditions have been found. At the micro level, only a few programs outlast donor support and even fewer appear to achieve lasting improvements. The authors of this book argue that much of aid's failure is related to the institutions that structure its delivery. These institutions govern the complex relationships between the main actors in the aid delivery system and often generate a series of perverse incentives that promote inefficient and unsustainable outcomes. In their analysis, the authors apply the theoretical insights of the new institutional economics to several settings. First, they investigate the institutions of Sida, the Swedish aid agency, to analyze how that aid agency's institutions can produce incentives inimical to desired outcomes, contrary to the desires of its own staff. Second, the authors use cases from India, a country with low aid dependence, and Zambia, a country with high aid dependence, to explore how institutions on the ground in recipient countries also mediate the effectiveness of aid. Throughout the book, the authors offer suggestions about how to improve aid's effectiveness. These suggestions include how to structure evaluations in order to improve outcomes, how to employ agency staff to gain from their on-the-ground experience, and how to engage stakeholders as "owners" in the design, resource mobilization, learning, and evaluation processes of development assistance programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199278855
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/03/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. What's wrong with development aid?
Theoretical Foundations
2. Laying the theoretical foundations for the study of development aid
3. Better development through better policy? Development aid's challenges at the collective-choice level
4. Sorting out the tangle: Incentives across action situations
5. A formal analysis of incentives in strategic interactions involving an international development cooperation agency
6. All aid is not the same: The incentives of different types of aid
Case studies
7. Applying the IAD framework: The incentives inside a development agency
8. Incentives for contractors in aid-supported activities
9. Sida aid in electricity and natural resource projects in India
10. Sida aid in electricity and natural resource projects in Zambia
Conclusion
11. What have we learned about aid?
Introduction
1. What's wrong with development aid?
Theoretical Foundations
2. Laying the theoretical foundations for the study of development aid
3. Better development through better policy? Development aid's challenges at the collective-choice level
4. Sorting out the tangle: Incentives across action situations
5. A formal analysis of incentives in strategic interactions involving an international development cooperation agency
6. All aid is not the same: The incentives of different types of aid
Case studies
7. Applying the IAD framework: The incentives inside a development agency
8. Incentives for contractors in aid-supported activities
9. Sida aid in electricity and natural resource projects in India
10. Sida aid in electricity and natural resource projects in Zambia
Conclusion
11. What have we learned about aid?

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