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Aid and Economic Development in Africa

  • Bigsten, Arne

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

The question discussed in this in this paper is whether foreign aid can help accelerate growth in African countries. The paper reviews growth determinants and growth constraints in Africa and discusses how aid can help relieve the constraints. Issues covered are the choice of aid modalities, donor coordination, conditionality, and international integration. A key question addressed is how aid should be organised not to overburden the recipient system and to provide incentives for policy makers to perform. The paper also touches upon the need for international trade reforms and public goods investments.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 237.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 30 Nov 2006
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Publication status: Forthcoming as the book Theory and Practice of Foreign Aid, 2007, North-Holland.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0237
Contact details of provider: Postal: Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Box 640, SE 405 30 GÖTEBORG, Sweden
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