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New Markets for Local Experts in Africa?


  • Kohnert, Dirk


In the past decades the involvement of local experts in the planning and evaluation of development programs has steadily increased. Ownership of development planning is propagated as major aim of bilateral and international development co-operation. Yet, the quality and performance of many local experts is still open to question, last but not least, because they share the same technocratic bias as quite a number of their Western counterparts, notably concerning pro-poor development policies, empowerment and ill-adapted technology transfer. An unreserved replacement of expatriates by local experts, or the substitution of technical assistance by unconditioned budget aid would be counter-productive with respect to poverty-oriented development policies.

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  • Kohnert, Dirk, 1995. "New Markets for Local Experts in Africa?," MPRA Paper 5661, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:5661

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    consultancy; aid; technical cooperation; capacity building; Africa; indigenous knowledge;

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    • N37 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Africa; Oceania
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • N87 - Economic History - - Micro-Business History - - - Africa; Oceania
    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education


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