Aid and Influence Do Donors Help or Hinder?

ISBN-10: 1844072029

ISBN-13: 9781844072026

Edition: 2006

Authors: Stephen Browne
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Description: * Exposes the selfish motivations behind the Western international aid regime, uncovers who gives and why and the culture of imperialism, financial control, and globalization * Authored by Stephen Browne, a Director at the UN and the man who coined the term "Millennium Development Goals" * Controversial reading for everyone in international aid and development governments, NGOs, to field-workers, donors, and researchers As the world struggles to come to grips with failure in Africa and to meet the Millennium Development Goals worldwide, the clamor grows for a doubling of development assistance. But it is increasingly clear that aid has fallen woefully short of delivering the necessary help to those who need it. In this powerful and wide-ranging critique of the Western development assistance paradigm, one of the most experienced development practitioners argues that the debate on development effectiveness is missing the point if it fails to acknowledge that most bilateral aid is driven more by self-interest than altruism. Aid can work where donor influence coincides with development need. But donors--whose aid bureaucracies are much more powerful than those of their developing country counterparts--make their own assessment of what these needs are, set the development agendas and provide aid on their own terms, while maintaining other obstacles to development progress such as trade protectionism. The challenge, therefore, will be to encourage developing countries to get to the point where they are in a position to say "no."

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638

Stephen Browne a Director at the UN with over twenty-five years' experience in international aid and development, produced the first country progress report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), coining the term. His books include "Developing Capacity through Technical Cooperation" (2002) and "Beyond Aid" (1999).

List of boxes, tables and figures
List of acronyms and abbreviations
Preface: An Aid Memoir
Acknowledgements
The Great Mismatch
The birth of Bangladesh
Wrong antecedents?
Aid does not match need
The argument
Aid Origins
The institutional beginnings
Multilateral aid
Bilateral aid
Evolving Development Fashions
Aid as gap-filling
The quality of growth
Post-wall good governance
Conclusion
Influence through Conditionality
The importance of the policy environment
The limits of conditionality
Wrong in practice
Wrong in principle
Political conditionality
Can conditionality be improved?
Conclusion: The need for de-linking
Aid to Fragile States
Failing development performance
Fragility factors: Maturity, government capacity, leadership, conflict
Aiding fragility
The cases of Burma, Rwands and Zambia
Aid and political will: Engagement and consistency
Aid and capacity
Conclusion
Aid and Imperialism
From Truman I to Bush II
Who gets it?
Aid and the 'war on (Islamic) terror'
New development aid
AIDS and influence
Six aid drivers
Conclusion: But does US aid work?
Donors from the South
What are the origins of Southern aid?
Administering Southern aid
The significance of Southern aid
New Beginnings: A Market for Aid
Six features of 'centrally-planned' aid
Applying the market
But would it happen?
A critical role for ODA: Global public goods
Final word
Notes
References
About the author
Index
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