Does Aid Work?: Report to an Intergovernmental Task Force

Paperback | June 1, 1994

byRobert Cassen

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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 ofprivate 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. Thebibliography has also been updated.

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In Does Aid Work, the volume arose from a study conducted for an intergovernmental task force. The team surveyed the published literature, reviewed existing evaluations of aid projects, and undertook seven detailed country studies. At the same time, this book analyses the frequent failings of aid projects, compares these failings with ...

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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...

Robert Cassen is a Professor of the Economics of Development, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:334 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:June 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198773862

ISBN - 13:9780198773863

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Macroeconomic Contribution of AidAid and PovertyPolicy DialoguePerformance and Evaluation: Project, Programme, and Food AidTechnical Co-operationThe Systemic Effects of Aid and the Role of Co-ordinationAid and Market ForcesMultilateral-Bilateral ComparisonsSummary: Conclusions and Recommendations

From Our Editors

In Does Aid Work, the volume arose from a study conducted for an intergovernmental task force. The team surveyed the published literature, reviewed existing evaluations of aid projects, and undertook seven detailed country studies. 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. For this second edition the book has been shortened, removing mainly the more technical parts.

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`A welcome update to a core text on the effectiveness of aid.'Dr A. Hall, London School of Economics