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Aid: Understanding International Development Cooperation

By: John Degnbol-Martinussen and Poul Engberg-Pedersen

350 pages, Tabs & figs

Zed Books

Paperback | Jan 2003 | #135615 | ISBN: 184277039X
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Hardback | Jan 2003 | #135616 | ISBN: 1842770381
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A major and comprehensive study, covering such topics as: agencies' goals, motives, strategies and delivery systems, the role of NGOs, emergency relief and humanitarian assistance, and the debates on aid impact. Concludes by examining new modes of financing development and of international cooperation.

'A comprehensive and provocative primer on the history, current status and prospects of foreign aid and the relationships surrounding it. Its Danish origins generate a useful and different perspective to analyses and debates traditionally dominated by larger aid donors.' - Gerry Helleiner, Distinguished Research Fellow, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto 'This book demonstrates that achieving a genuine development impact from aid is a huge challenge, but one we need to succeed in facing. It shows that quality matters! Volume matters! And having the right motives matters! This is a call on donors to improve their programmes, rather than spending time on justifying budget cuts. A timely reminder, that commitments must be followed by action.' - Poul Nielson, EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid 'This book offers an excellent introduction and overview to the complex and often changing field of foreign aid. It is clear, comprehensive, balanced and should be read by anyone wanting to begin to understand this important area of international development and foreign policy.' - Carol Lancaster, Director, Masters of Science in Foreign Service, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and former Deputy Administrator of USAID 'This is an up-to-date intellectual guide through the complex maze of issues and debates on foreign aid and development. It combines scholarship and commitment to produce an indispensable reading for both practitioners and scholars.' - Thandika Mkandawire, UNRISD, Geneva


1. Introduction 2. Motives and Interests 3. Development Goals 4. Aid Strategies 5. Size and Distribution of Foreign Aid 6. Official Bilateral Assistance 7. Multilateral Aid 8. The Role of NGOs in Development Co-operation 9. Actors in Aid Interaction 10. Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Assistance 11. Evaluation 12. The Impact of Aid 13. Problems and Challenges in Development 14. Perspectives and Prospects for Development Co-operation in the 21st Century

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PROFESSOR JOHN DEGNBOL-MARTINUSSEN is dean of the graduate school of international development studies at Roskilde University in Denmark. His previous books in English include Society, State and Market: A Guide to Competing Theories of Development (Zed Books, 1997; 2nd impression 1999). POUL ENGBERG-PEDERSEN was director of the Centre for Development Research, Copenhagen, Denmark up to 2002, and is currently with the governance and public sector reform group of the World Bank, Washington D.C.

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