Give and Take: What's the Matter with Foreign Aid?

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Zed Books, 2002 - Business & Economics - 236 pages
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Foreign aid is a global endeavour with a huge turnover. But it is a troubled industry with few successes to its name, yet expected to respond to new and very complex problems. Can it do so? Supposed to be benign and selfless, it often harms more than it helps, and benefits givers more than receivers. Can it stop doing so? Can we create a system of genuine help -- democratic in its execution, effective in its impact, adequate in scale, just in its consequences? Give and Take grasps these questions. Foreign aid is an issue that concerns us all, financially and morally. This thoughtful book argues that aid must be made less of a problem, more of a solution.

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Many tasks many friends many guises io Main
The players 26 Whos really aiding whom?
41 Why seek and accept
Ownership and initiative 67 Multilateral official
Chain reactions 87 Consequences 97 Some ways
Setting the stage 114 Aid and dis empowerment 122
When Money Talks What Does It Tell Us?
Outcomes in Four Dimensions
End of the Beginning or Beginning of the End?
political and economic
The debt 223

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About the author (2002)

David Sogge is a fellow of the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam. He has spent much of his professional life working for non-governmental aid agencies and in development cooperation programmes in Africa. He has written articles on aid, notably 'Misgivings: Aid to Africa' and 'Foreign Influence and Domestic Collusion in Policy Making: Have we seen the Future? Does it Work?', both published in South African journals. He is the author of two edited volumes on aid: Compassion and Calculation: The Business of Private Foreign Aid (1996) and Mozambique: Perspectives on Aid and the Civil Sector (1997).

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