Foreign Aid for Development: Issues, Challenges, and the New Agenda

Hardcover | March 11, 2010

EditorGeorge Mavrotas

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Foreign aid is one of the few topics in the development discourse with such an uninterrupted, yet volatile history in terms of interest and attention from academics, policymakers, and practitioners alike. Does aid work in promoting growth and reducing poverty in the developing world? Will anew 'big push' approach accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals or will another opportunity be missed? Can the lessons of almost half a century of aid giving be learnt? These are truly important questions in view of the emerging new landscape in foreign aid and recentdevelopments related to the global financial crisis, which are expected to have far reaching implications for both donors and recipients engaged in this area. Against this shifting aid landscape, there is a pressing need to evaluate progress to date and shed new light on emerging issues and agendas.This volume brings together leading aid experts to review the progress achieved so far, identify the challenges ahead, and discuss the emerging policy agenda in foreign aid. A central conclusion of this important and timely volume is that, since development aid remains crucial for many developingcountries, a huge effort is needed from both donors and aid recipients to overcome the inefficiencies and make aid work better for poor people. After all, as global citizens, we have a moral obligation to do the best we can to lift people out of poverty in the developing world. The findings of thisbook will be of considerable interest to professionals and policymakers engaged in policy reforms in foreign aid, and provide an essential one-stop reference for students of development, international finance, and economics.

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Foreign aid is one of the few topics in the development discourse with such an uninterrupted, yet volatile history in terms of interest and attention from academics, policymakers, and practitioners alike. Does aid work in promoting growth and reducing poverty in the developing world? Will anew 'big push' approach accelerate progress to...

George Mavrotas is the Chief Economist of the Global Development Network (GDN), formerly a Fellow and Project Director at UNU-WIDER and, prior to that, in the Economics Faculties of the Universities of Oxford and Manchester. He is also a Visiting Professor at CERDI, University of Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He is the author ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:March 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I. Foreign aid for development1. George Mavrotas: Introduction and overview2. Finn Tarp: Aid, growth, and developmentPart II. Enhancing aid effectiveness3. Gustav Ranis: Toward the enhanced effectiveness of foreign aid4. Machiko Nissanke: Reconstructing the aid effectiveness debatePart III. Aid to fragile and conflict-affected countries5. Graham Brown, Frances Stewart, and Arnim Langer: The implications of horizontal inequality for aid6. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr: Conflict prevention as a policy objective of development aid7. Stephen Browne: Aid to fragile states: do donors help or hinder?8. Ghassan Dibeh: Foreign aid and economic development in post-war LebanonPart IV. Aid modalities9. Arjan de Haan and Max Everest-Phillips: Can new aid modalities handle politics?10. Nathalie Holvoet and Robrecht Renard: Monitoring and evaluation reform under changing aid modalities11. Michael Hubbard: Practical and theoretical implications of the Joint Evaluation of General Budget Support12. Eva Jespersen and Julia Benn: New aid modalities and reporting support for child rights: lessons from assessing aid for basic social servicesPart V. Managing aid flows13. Patrick Guillaumont and Sylviane Guillaumont Jeanneney: Big push versus absorptive capacity: how to reconcile the two approaches14. Richard Auty: Aid and rent-driven growth: Mauritania, Kenya, and Mozambique compared