Book The trouble with aid : why less could mean more for Africa / Jonathan Glennie.
Associated Name: International African Institute.
Associated Name: Royal African Society.
Associated Name: Social Science Research Council (U.S.)
Publication year: 2008.
Call Number HC800 .G54 2008
Media class: Book
Publisher: London ;New York : Zed Books in association with International African Institute, Royal African Society, Social Science Research Council ;New York : distributed in the USA exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781848130401 1848130406 9781848130395 1848130392
Series title: African arguments
Extent: ix, 175 p. ; 21 cm.
Africa is poor. If we send it money it will be less poor. It seems perfectly logical. Millions of people in the rich world, moved by images on television and appalled by miserable conditions endured by so many in other countries, have joined campaigns to persuade their governments to double aid to Africa and help put an end to such shameful inequality. It seems simple. But it isn't. In this book, Jonathan Glennie argues that, along with its many benefits, government aid to Africa has often meant more poverty, more hungry people, worse basic services and damage to already precarious democratic institutions. Moreover, calls for more aid are drowning out pressure for action that would really make a difference for Africa's poor. Rather than doubling aid to Africa, it is time to reduce aid dependency. Through an honest assessment of both the positive and negative consequences of aid, this book will show you why--Publisher's description.
1. Time to think again -- 2. The new aid era -- 3. All aid's impacts: the bigger picture -- 4. Pulling the strings: the reality of aid conditionality -- 5. Institutions, institutions, institutions -- 6. Aid, growth and confused academics -- 7. A better future? -- 8. Why is aid really going up? -- What is to be done?