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Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.001.0001

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Development Assistance

Development Assistance

(p.847) Chapter 50 Development Assistance
International Development

Homi Kharas

Oxford University Press

Essentially a creation of the post-Second World War era, development assistance has since experienced a series of rapid transformations. While the “donors’ club” initially consisted mostly of a small number of multilaterals and wealthy nations, today's major players also include countries like Brazil and China as well as numerous non-state actors. This chapter charts the history of development assistance as it evolved from a Cold War competition to a growth and poverty reduction enterprise. In the course of this evolution, the organizational structure of development cooperation has gone from an architecture to an ecosystem. The chapter concludes with a discussion of three strategic questions of development assistance, noting the diversity of solutions devised over time.

Keywords:   foreign aid, official development assistance, aid architecture, effectiveness, targeting

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