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Conditionality or contract: perspectives on partnership for development


  • Simon Maxwell

    (Overseas Development Institute, London)

  • Roger Riddell

    (Overseas Development Institute, London)


The recent UK White Paper makes an admirable commitment to the idea of 'partnership', as the keystone of a new aid relationship with countries committed to poverty reduction and good governance. The concept is a difficult one, however, open to multiple interpretation. Genuine participation means joint ownership, with mutual rights and obligations; and it implies a contractual relationship, with procedures for redress in case of default. Other donors, notably the EU, have travelled this road with mixed success and much back-sliding. Can DFID learn from their experience? Can it devise its own institutional innovations to build true partnership? © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Simon Maxwell & Roger Riddell, 1998. "Conditionality or contract: perspectives on partnership for development," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 10(2), pages 257-268.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:10:y:1998:i:2:p:257-268 DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1328(199803/04)10:2<257::AID-JID527>3.0.CO;2-S

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    1. Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, 1998. "Africa and the donor community: from conditionality to partnership," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 10(2), pages 219-225.
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    1. Sigrid Bjerre Andersen & Steffen Jensen, 2017. "Partnerships as Interpellation," The European Journal of Development Research, Palgrave Macmillan;European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), vol. 29(1), pages 93-107, January.
    2. Fisher, Jonathan, 2015. "‘Does it Work?’ – Work for Whom? Britain and Political Conditionality since the Cold War," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 75(C), pages 13-25.
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    4. Chhewang Rinzin & Debberah N. ten Velthuis & Walter J. V. Vermeulen, 2007. "The 'successful failure' of the sustainable development agreement between the Netherlands and Bhutan," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(6), pages 382-396.

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