Aid to Africa: So Much To Do, So Little Done

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 15, 1999 - Business & Economics - 303 pages
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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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Contents

AfricaSo Little Development?
14
Aid and Development in Africa
36
The Donors
74
France and Britain
114
Sweden Italy Japan
147
The Multilaterals
184
Findings
220
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Carol Lancaster, Visiting Fellow (1987-91; 1996-98; & 2000), was deputy administrator at the US Agency for International Development. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service & was previously Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1980-81). She is the author of African Economic Reform: The External Dimension (1991) & other works.