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Foreign Aid for DevelopmentIssues, Challenges, and the New Agenda$
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George Mavrotas

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580934.001.0001

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Aid, Growth, and Development 1

Aid, Growth, and Development 1

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Foreign Aid for Development
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Finn Tarp

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580934.003.0002

Foreign aid looms large in the public discourse; and international development assistance remains squarely on most policy agendas concerned with growth, poverty, and inequality in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world. The present review takes a retrospective look at how foreign aid has evolved since the Second World War in response to a dramatically changing global political and economic context. I review the aid process and associated trends in the volume and distribution of aid and categorize some of the key goals, principles, and institutions of the aid system. The evidence on whether aid has been effective in furthering economic growth and development is discussed in some detail. I add perspective and identify some critical unresolved issues. I finally turn to the current development debate and discuss some key concerns that should be kept in mind in formulating any agenda for aid in the future.

Keywords:   foreign aid, aid impact

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