Aid Dependence. Issues & Indicators

By Robert Lensink & Howard White
December 1998
Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN: 91-22-01839-5
86 pages, illustrated
$25.00 paperback


The authors reject the negative image of aid dependence and suggest that aid dependence should be merely when a country needs aid to achieve specified development objectives. With this definition aid dependence is distinguished from simply bad or ineffective aid.

Some of the findings of this thought-provoking study are: Consistency is needed between donor objectives and aid program design. Development objectives have to be clearly defined in order to permit monitoring. Bad aid's existence does not undermine that aid has a legitimate role to play.

Expert Group on Development Issues, 1998:2

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