ACBF Virtual Library

original document [ View original document ]

TitleAfrica and Development Cooperation – Successes, Pitfalls and Areas for Further Reforms
AuthorHerfkens, Eveline
SubjectRegional Economic Integration and Development
Date of Publication2008
Number of Pages22 pages
Geographical CoverageAfrica
KeywordsDevelopment Aid, Paris Declaration, Governance, Corruption
AbstractThe publication contends that development assistance has been of benefit to developing countries over the years. It has helped to build physical infrastructural, human and institutional capacities and deliver some level of growth in recipient countries. Through civil society organizations, it has been instrumental in raising voices on the need for good governance, to stem the tide of corruption, and to promote development effectiveness of both aid and domestic resources. The Author also notes with the same fervor that development assistance has equally had its negative results list: traditional technical assistance has tended to supplant local capacity, undermine local knowledge and institutions and render recipient countries more vulnerable and dependent on aid. Reasons for these shortcomings are legion. Donor-driven projects are not derived from aid recipients' development priorities and are an expression of an attitude by donors that "they know better', "they lecture and recipients listen", "they give and poor countries receive", "they know and recipient countries learn", "they take care of things, because poor countries cannot."
Copyright HolderACBF
Copyright URL
Filesize455679 MB
File FormatPDF
[ View / download original document ]

Ask the Librarian 960 documents, last updated Thu Jul 18, 2024
© 2015 African Capacity Building Foundation | All Rights Reserved. ISSN: 2310-7960