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Flexible SWAps for Strategic Policy-making: Reflections on the Zambian Experience

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This article offers an alternative view on the emergence of new forms of development co-operation by analysing the emergence of SWAps in Zambia since the early 1990s. SWAps in Zambia emerged not as part of a grand design but in response to the changing environment in which aid agencies were operating. An examination of the relative success of the health and education SWAps and the spectacular failure of the agriculture SWAp suggests that a flexible approach is more effective than the imposition of a planning template. Furthermore, the failure of the agricultural SWAp has been followed by significant new forms of public/private partnership. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Jan Kees van Donge, 2007. "Flexible SWAps for Strategic Policy-making: Reflections on the Zambian Experience," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 25(4), pages 473-494, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:25:y:2007:i:4:p:473-494
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