Overcoming Stagnation in Aid-Dependent Countries

Van de Walle, Nicolas

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In this book, Nicolas Van de Walle identifies 26 countries that are extremely poor and grew little if at all in the 1990s. His sample excludes North Korea and countries where civil war explains some of their failure to grow (Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tajikistan and others). Num Pages: 120 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: KCM. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 154 x 230 x 7. Weight in Grams: 202. . 2005. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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In this book, Nicolas Van de Walle identifies 26 countries that are extremely poor and grew little if at all in the 1990s. His sample excludes North Korea and countries where civil war explains some of their failure to grow (Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tajikistan and others). The 26 countries have limited infrastructure and human capital and the small size of their markets deter private savings and investment. Aid was meant to help overcome these problems, and these countries received a lot. Yet they have failed to grow. What is wrong? Is foreign aid a solution or part of the problem? What changes might make aid more effective? Given these countries require the financial and technical resources of the West, why haven't aid programs made a difference? Van de Walle blames their economic failure mostly on the venality and incompetence of their political leadership. He analyzes the contradictions and tensions faced by the aid community in poorly run countries, providing a sobering analysis of the perverse effects of aid where the politics is all wrong. Too often, resources provided by foreign aid keep the wrong government in office, and undermine adoption of economic as well as political reforms. Bad government combined with aid, in short, hurts poor countries and particularly the poorest people in those countries. Despite good intentions, little progress has been made in implementing announced "reforms" of the aid business itself. A constituency for reform is lacking, in the donor countries and in the recipient countries, where those in power benefit from the status quo.

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Nicolas van de Walle is the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and the Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development. He has published widely on democratization issues as well as on the politics of economic reform and on the effectiveness of foreign aid, with a special focus on Africa. His many publications include his most recent book, African Economies and the Politics of Permanent Crisis, 1979-1999 (Cambridge University Press, 2001).

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