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  1. Euniter Chepchumba
    Euniter Chepchumba November 26, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Truly African countries have greatly depended on foreign aid, this has some impacts to their economies and I can sternly answer Jo Spratt that in many African countries you realize that budgets are made with a side thought of “we will borrow money no worry”. In such a situation failure to be lent money leads to economic degradation of a state.

    This may cause some inflation and even increases in prices in some of basic commodities which in return may not favour many of the countries citizens. Truly foreign aid has advantages and disadvantages but the disadvantages sideline the advantages.

  2. Jo Spratt
    Jo Spratt November 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks Richard.

    Can you draw out the causal pathway between aid, aid dependence and poorly functioning economies? The title of the post implies that aid dependence has effects, but beyond an assertion that aid dependence exists, and it is bad for economies, the post doesn’t clearly spell out the relationship. Keen to get your reflections on this.

  3. Senaka Dambawinne
    Senaka Dambawinne June 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Two questions raised by Richard in his article leads to the core of the Aid dilemma. His deep understanding on the region and youth has placed him in a position to critically analyze the issue. The aid dependency and the inability to revive economies of the recipient countries is a common issue in the ‘ever’ developing world.

    The poor countries have failed miserably over generations. In my opinion two factors mainly lead to this situation. Firstly absence of a Vision for the country concerned. The leadership of the country has to formulate it and a proper SWOT analysis has to be done in designing one. Secondly not having a genuine desire among the leadership to achieve the vision.

    Why do donors provide aid? People believe that there are strings attached to them. Do donors have a genuine interest for the citizenry of another country [of which their own leaders have no regard for their own people]? Why some aid are given only to government institutes when donors very well know they are corrupt? Why don’t they go through small NGOs [who are less corrupt] and the private sector? Is this because donors cannot benefit through them?

    If the donors really want and if their monitoring and evaluations are effective they can always see early warning signs before it’s late. Donors should avoid the social elite and go to the beneficiary direct and gather unbiased information.

    And most importantly – they should respect local knowledge and expertise.

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