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Does Aid Work?: Report to an Intergovernmental Task Force

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  • Cassen, Robert

    (Professor of the Economics of Development, University of Oxford)

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The question of the effectiveness or counter-productivity of foreign aid is one of the great issues facing the world today. This volume arose from a study conducted for an inter-governmental task force. The team surveyed the published literature, reviewed existing evaluations of aid projects, and undertook seven detailed country studies. The basic finding is that the majority of aid succeeds in terms of its own objectives and obtains a reasonable rate of return. At the same time, this book analyses the frequent failings of aid projects, compares these failings with other forms of private and public investment, and proposes measures for improving aid effectiveness. New to this edition: For the second edition the book has been shortened, removing mainly the more technical parts. The data in the text and tables have been brought up to date, the text has been revised, and each chapter has a new section added reviewing the areas of debate and research findings since 1986. The bibliography has also been updated.

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  • Cassen, Robert & ,, 1994. "Does Aid Work?: Report to an Intergovernmental Task Force," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, edition 2, number 9780198773863.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780198773863
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    1. Masumi Owa, 2015. "Is OECD DAC’s aid effectiveness agenda based on evidence?," Journal of Development Effectiveness, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(4), pages 435-444, December.
    2. Maelan Le Goff & Kangni R Kpodar, 2011. "Do Remittances Reduce Aid Dependency?," IMF Working Papers 11/246, International Monetary Fund.
    3. David Roland-Holst & Finn Tarp, 2003. "De nouvelles perspectives pour l'efficacité de l'aide," Revue d’économie du développement, De Boeck Université, vol. 11(2), pages 151-180.
    4. Khalid Abdul Aziz Alsahlawi & Edward P.M. Gardener, 2004. "Development banking and technological development: a case study of industrial development banks in the GCC countries," The Service Industries Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(5), pages 71-90, September.
    5. Pérouse de Montclos, Marc-Antoine, 2012. "Humanitarian action in developing countries: Who evaluates who?," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pages 154-160.
    6. Yunker, James A., 2004. "Could a Global Marshall Plan be Successful? An Investigation Using The WEEP Simulation Model," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 32(7), pages 1109-1137, July.
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