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Democratic Trajectories in AfricaUnravelling the Impact of Foreign Aid$
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Danielle Resnick and Nicolas van de Walle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686285.001.0001

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Introduction: Why Aid and Democracy? Why Africa?

Introduction: Why Aid and Democracy? Why Africa?

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Why Aid and Democracy? Why Africa?
Democratic Trajectories in Africa

Danielle Resnick

Nicolas van de Walle

Oxford University Press

When, why, and how has foreign aid facilitated, or hindered, democratic transitions and consolidation in recipient countries? Despite impressive growth over the last decade, Africa still remains the most aid-dependent region of the world. At the same time, many African countries are relatively young democracies that continue to face constraints in terms of strengthening the institutions needed for good governance and protecting the human rights of all citizens. Addressing such constraints is gaining greater salience on the international donor agenda. However, there is little cumulative knowledge regarding whether, and how, foreign aid has promoted such goals. This study instead recognizes that while aid’s effectiveness is often conditioned by a range of political factors, it often also generates new political dynamics and reinforces existing political practices and actors

Keywords:   African, democracy, institutions, foreign aid, governance, growth

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