The Politics of Aid: African Strategies for Dealing with Donors
- Whitfield, Lindsay(Research Fellow at the Global Economic Governance Programme, Department of Politics and International Relations and University College, University of Oxford.)
This book presents an original approach to understanding the relationship between official aid agencies and aid-receiving African governments. The first part provides a challenge to the hazy official claims of aid donors that they have stopped trying to force African governments to do what 'we' think is best for 'them' and instead are now promoting African 'ownership' of the policies and projects which foreign aid supports. The authors tease out the multiple meanings of the term 'ownership', demonstrating why it became popular when it did, but also the limits to this discourse of ownership observed in aid practices. The authors set out to defend a particular vision of ownership-one that involves African governments taking back control of their development policies and priorities. Based largely on interviews with the people who do the negotiating on both sides of the aid relationship, the country case studies put the rhetoric of the new aid system to a more practical test. The authors ask how donors seek to achieve their policy objectives without being seen to push too hard, what preconditions they place on transferring authority to African governments, and what effect the constant discussions over development policy have on state institutions, democracy and political culture in recipient countries. It investigates the strategies that African states have adopted to advance their objectives in aid negotiations and how successful their efforts have been. Comparing the country experiences, it points out the conditions accounting for the varying success of eight African countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia. It concludes by asking whether the conditions African countries face in aid negotiations are changing. Contributors to this volume - Isaline Bergamaschi is a doctoral candidate in Politics and International Relations at Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris (Sciences-Po). Rachel Hayman is an ESRC post-doctoral fellow at the School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh. Alastair Fraser is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. Xavier Furtado is with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Joe Hanlon is a Senior Lecturer in Development Policy and Practice at the Open University, UK. Graham Harrison is Reader in Politics and Director of the Political Economy Research Centre at the University of Sheffield, UK. Duncan Holtom is a Senior Researcher at the People and Work Unit, a voluntary sector organization based in the UK. Emily Jones is Trade Policy Adviser for Oxfam GB where she leads advocacy work on regional and bilateral trade agreements. Gervase Maipose is an Associate Professor and currently Head of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Botswana. Sarah Mulley is coordinator of the UK Aid Network, a coalition of NGOs advocating for more and better aid. Paolo de Renzio is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and a Research Associate of the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure at the Overseas Development Institute. James Smith is retired following a 24-year career at the World Bank dealing with aid and poverty issues, where his last position was Lead Economist for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management in Africa. Lindsay Whitfield was a Research Fellow at the Global Economic Governance Programme (2005-2008), and is currently a Research Fellow at the Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark.
To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.
|This book is provided by Oxford University Press in its series OUP Catalogue with number 9780199560172 and published in 2008.|
|Contact details of provider:|| Web page: http://www.oup.com/|
|Order Information:||Web: http://www.oup.com/|
- Monica Beuran & Gaël Raballand & Julio Revilla, 2011. "Improving aid effectiveness in aid-dependent countries : lessons from Zambia," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00611901, HAL.
- Monica Beuran & Gaël Raballand & Julio Revilla, 2011. "Improving Aid Effectiveness in Aid-Dependent Countries: Lessons from Zambia," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 11040, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199560172. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Economics Book Marketing)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.
Follow series, journals, authors & more
New papers by email
Subscribe to new additions to RePEc
Public profiles for Economics researchers
Various rankings of research in Economics & related fields
Who was a student of whom, using RePEc
Curated articles & papers various economics topics
Upload your paper to be listed on RePEc and IDEAS
Blog aggregator for economics research
Cases of plagiarism in Economics
Job Market Papers
RePEc working paper series dedicated to the job market
Pretend you are at the helm of an economics department
Services from the StL Fed
Data, research, apps & more from the St. Louis Fed