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  • Finn Tarp

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

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Foreign aid looms large in the public discourse; and international development assistance remains squarely on most policy agendas concerned with growth, poverty and inequality in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world. The present review takes a retrospective look at how foreign aid has evolved since World War II in response to a dramatically changing global political and economic context. I review the aid process and associated trends in the volume and distribution of aid and categorize some of the key goals, principles and institutions of the aid system. The evidence on whether aid has been effective in furthering economic growth and development is discussed in some detail. I add perspective and identify some critical unresolved issues. I finally turn to the current development debate and discuss some key concerns, which I believe should be kept in mind in formulating any agenda for aid in the future.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 06-12.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0612

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