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Author Lancaster, Carol
Title Aid to Africa : so much to do, so little done / Carol Lancaster
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999
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 Euro-Am Studies Lib  361.26096 L2212 1999    AVAILABLE    30500101061094
Descript xiv, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note "A Century Foundation book."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-289) and index
Africa-so little developments? -- Aid and development in Africa -- Foreign aid: the donors -- United States -- France and Britain -- Sweden, Italy, Japan -- Multilaterals -- Findings
Why, despite decades of high levels of foreign aid, has development been so disappointing in most of Sub-Saharan Africa, leading to rising numbers of poor and fueling political instabilities? While not ignoring the culpability of Africans in these problems, Carol Lancaster finds that much of the responsibility is in the hands of the governments and international aid agencies that provide assistance to the region. The first examination of its kind, Aid to Africa investigates the impact of bureaucratic politics, special interest groups, and public opinion in aid-giving countries and agencies. She finds that aid agencies in Africa often misdiagnosed problems, had difficulty designing appropriate programs that addressed the local political environment, and failed to coordinate their efforts effectively. This balanced but tough-minded analysis does not reject the potential usefulness of foreign aid but does offer recommendations for fundamental changes in how governments and multilateral aid agencies can operate more effectively.--Publisher description
Subject International relief -- Africa -- Evaluation
Economic assistance -- Africa -- Evaluation
Africa -- Economic conditions -- 1960-
Africa -- Economic policy
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