The Politics of Aid: African Strategies for Dealing with Donors

Hardcover | February 15, 2009

EditorLindsay Whitfield

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This book presents an original approach to understanding the relationship between official aid agencies and aid-receiving African governments. The first part provides a challenge to the hazy official claims of aid donors that they have stopped trying to force African governments to do what'we' think is best for 'them' and instead are now promoting African 'ownership' of the policies and projects which foreign aid supports. The authors tease out the multiple meanings of the term 'ownership', demonstrating why it became popular when it did, but also the limits to this discourse ofownership observed in aid practices. The authors set out to defend a particular vision of ownership-one that involves African governments taking back control of their development policies and priorities. Based largely on interviews with the people who do the negotiating on both sides of the aidrelationship, the country case studies put the rhetoric of the new aid system to a more practical test. The authors ask how donors seek to achieve their policy objectives without being seen to push too hard, what preconditions they place on transferring authority to African governments, and whateffect the constant discussions over development policy have on state institutions, democracy and political culture in recipient countries. It investigates the strategies that African states have adopted to advance their objectives in aid negotiations and how successful their efforts have been.Comparing the country experiences, it points out the conditions accounting for the varying success of eight African countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia. It concludes by asking whether the conditions African countries face in aid negotiations arechanging.

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This book presents an original approach to understanding the relationship between official aid agencies and aid-receiving African governments. The first part provides a challenge to the hazy official claims of aid donors that they have stopped trying to force African governments to do what'we' think is best for 'them' and instead are n...

Lindsay Whitfield is a Research Fellow at the Global Economic Governance Programme, University of Oxford. She completed her doctorate in 2005 in Politics at the University of Oxford. She holds an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Economics from the Unive...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:February 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019956017X

ISBN - 13:9780199560172

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Table of Contents

Lindsay Whitfield and Alastair Fraser: Introduction: Aid and Sovereignty1. Lindsay Whitfield and Alastair Fraser: Negotiating Aid2. Alastair Fraser: Aid Recipient Sovereignty in Historical Perspective3. Alastair Fraser and Lindsay Whitfield: Understanding Contemporary Aid Relationships4. Gervase Maipose: Botswana: The African Success Story5. Xavier Furtado and Jim Smith: Ethiopia: Retaining Sovereignty in the Face of Aid6. Rachel Hayman: Rwanda: Milking the Cow? Creating Policy Space in Spite of Aid Dependence7. Lindsay Whitfield and Emily Jones: Ghana: Breaking out of Aid Dependence? Economic and Political Barriers to Ownership8. Isaline Bergamaschi: Mali: Origins, Patterns and Limits of Donor-driven Ownership9. Paolo de Renzio and Joe Hanlon: Mozambique: Contested Sovereignty? The Dilemmas of Aid Dependence10. Graham Harrison and Sarah Mulley with Duncan Holtom: Tanzania: A Genuine Case of Recipient Leadership in the Aid System?11. Alastair Fraser: Zambia: Back to the Future?12. Lindsay Whitfield: Aid and Power: A Comparative Analysis of the Country StudiesLindsay Whitfield: Conclusion: Changing Conditions?