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The Aid Paradigm for Poverty Reduction: Does It Make Sense?

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Thinking on economic policy for development has undergone many shifts in response to the perceived weak results of earlier adjustment reforms. A new donor consensus has emerged based around the central themes of economic growth, good governance and social development. This article examines the logic behind this new aid paradigm, revealing a nuanced story with country circumstances playing a critical role and particular interventions varying in impact. For example, growth does not always lead to gains for the poor that match the national average; public expenditure needs to be targeted to achieve social development, but effective targeting is difficult; governance reform may be critical but there is no simple governance blueprint, and the corruption-growth association need not always be negative. Copyright (c) The Author 2008. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Overseas Development Institute..

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  • John Weiss, 2008. "The Aid Paradigm for Poverty Reduction: Does It Make Sense?," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 26(4), pages 407-426, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:26:y:2008:i:4:p:407-426
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