Problems, Promises, and Paradoxes of Aid: Africa's Experience
Editors Muna Ndulo and Nicolas van de Walle
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IAD/CSP 2014, 377 pages, 978-1-4438-6745-0, 1-4438-6745-4
This book is an anthology of essays contributing new scholarship to the contemporary aid discourse. It provides an interdisciplinary investigation of the role of aid in African development, compiling the work of historians, political scientists, legal scholars, and economists to examine where aid has failed and to offer new perspectives on how aid can be made more effective.
Questions regarding the effectiveness of aid are addressed using specific case studies. The question of ownership is examined in the context of two debates: 1) to what extent should aid be designed by the recipient country itself? and 2) should aid focus on "need" or "performance"? That is, should donors direct aid to the poorest countries, regardless of their policies and governance, or should aid "reward" countries for doing the right thing? The future of aid is also addressed: should aid continue to be a part of the development agenda for countries in sub-Saharan Africa? If so, how much and what type of aid is needed, and how it can be made most effective?