Edited by David Dollar, Shantayanan Devarajan, Torgny Holmgren
Winner of Choice magazine's Outstanding Academic Title
Since the early 1980s, virtually every African country has received
large amounts of aid to stimulate policy reform. The results have
varied enormously. Ghana and Uganda were successful reformers that grew
rapidly and reduced poverty. Ethiopia and Cote d'Ivoire have shown
significant reform in recent years, but it remains to be seen whether
it will be sustainable.
Aid and Reform in Africa summarizes the findings from case
studies that investigate whether, when, and how foreign aid has
affected economic policy in Africa. The main findings are:
- Policy formation is primarily driven by domestic political
- Large amounts of aid to countries with poor policies sustain those
- Overall, donors have not discriminated effectively among different
countries and different phases of the reform process.
The book concludes that donors have three basic instruments that
they can use to encourage adoption of good economic policies in
developing countries: money, conditionality, and technical
assistance/policy dialog. The case studies in this project show
examples in which each of these instruments helped countries'
improve their policies.
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