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Ending Aid Dependence

By: Yash Tandon

144 pages, Tabs

Pambazuka Press

Paperback | Sep 2008 | #185889 | ISBN-13: 9781906387310
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Developing countries reliant on aid want to escape this dependence, and yet they appear unable to do so. This book shows how they may liberate themselves from the aid that pretends to be developmental but is not. This timely book cautions countries of the South against falling into the aid trap and endorsing the collective colonialism of the OECD - the club of rich donor countries. An exit strategy from aid dependence requires a radical shift in both the mindset and the development strategy of countries dependent on aid, and a deeper and direct involvement of people in their own development. It also requires a radical restructuring of the global institutional aid architecture.

'The message of this book needs to be seriously considered and debated by all those that are interested in the development of the countries of the South. If this means the rethinking of old concepts and methods of work, then let it be so' Benjamin W. Mkapa, former President of Tanzania (1995-2005).


1 The bigger picture: Why should developing countries escape aid dependence? Is aid what it says it is? OECD's definition of development aid What is development? Aid taxonomy A litany of false questions and solutions Conclusion 2 Case histories: the consequences of aid dependence Red Aid - the poisoned chalice Structural adjustment: Zambia 1978-2002 Structural adjustment: Zimbabwe 1980-97 Other cases Conclusion and postscript 3 An exit strategy: seven steps to end aid dependence Introduction The national project What creates aid dependence? Seven steps to end aid dependence 4 The international aid architecture: structures, processes and issues The international aid architecture Restructuring the architecture: parallelism and reform 5 Summary and conclusions: the future of aid

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Yash Tandon is the executive director of the South Centre, Geneva, an intergovernmental think tank of the developing countries. Professor Tandon's long career in national and international development spans time as a policymaker, a political activist, a professor and a public intellectual. He has written over 100 scholarly articles and has authored and edited books on wide-ranging subjects from African politics to peace and security, trade and the WTO, international economics, SouthÔ South cooperation and human rights. He has also served on several advisory committees.

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