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What Have We Learnt About Aid?

Clark C. Gibson

in The Samaritan's Dilemma

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278855
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602863 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199278857.003.0011
 What Have We Learnt About Aid?

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This chapter discusses how aid might be delivered more effectively. While referring to Sida, it provides suggestions that are general enough to be useful to any agency concerned with development assistance. It identifies six general areas that deserve the attention of all aid agencies, the recipients of international assistance, and those engaged in the analysis of this policy field. These are: an awareness of the important role of incentives; paying attention to the nature of the good involved; focusing on how ownership is related to sustainability; examining how learning is encouraged at an individual and organizational level; the role of consultants in development assistance; and the importance of putting beneficiaries first.

Keywords: development assistance; incentives; goods; ownership; sustainability; consultants; beneficiaries

Chapter.  5830 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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