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Article Number - 9F397B48420


Vol.1(1), pp. 008-015 , November 2009

ISSN: 2141-2189



Full Length Research Paper

Foreign aid and development in Africa: What the literature says and what the reality is


Nathan Andrews




Department of Political Science, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Avenue, St Catharines ON, L2S 3A1 Canada or  2 Leeson Street, St Catharines, ON L2T 2R1 Canada.


Email: nayak20028@hotmail.com






 Accepted: 26 October 2009  Published: 30 November 2009

Copyright © 2009 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


 

Evidence of ineffective foreign assistance is widespread in Africa. The debate on how aid can be effective and contribute to Africa’s development is, however, still ongoing without any clear way forward. This paper adopts a deductive approach to explaining aid and development in Africa. There is a high volume of literature on the impact of foreign aid on development in Africa, yet not many of them recognize all the factors that contribute to aid (in) effectiveness. The focus is often on macro-economic indicators which do not fairly represent the realities of poverty and suffering in many African countries. We offer an analysis of the theories that have been propounded to explain the relationship between aid and (under) development in Africa. In this paper, we critically examine such findings and test their validity against the backdrop that socio-cultural factors have not been given adequate consideration.

 

Key words: Aid, development, culture, dependence, poverty, economic growth.


APA (2009). Foreign aid and development in Africa: What the literature says and what the reality is. Journal of African Studies and Development, 1(1), 008-015.
Chicago Nathan Andrews. "Foreign aid and development in Africa: What the literature says and what the reality is." Journal of African Studies and Development 1, no. 1 (2009): 008-015.
MLA Nathan Andrews. "Foreign aid and development in Africa: What the literature says and what the reality is." Journal of African Studies and Development 1.1 (2009): 008-015.
   
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