Ending Aid Dependence

Fahamu and the South Centre, 2008, 160pp, £7.99

In September 2008, ministers from over 100 countries, heads of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, donor organizations, and civil society organizations from around the world will gather in Accra for the Third High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.

This meeting has been promoted as helping “developing countries and marginalized people in their fight against poverty by making aid more transparent, accountable and results-oriented.”

The agenda for ‘Aid Effectiveness’ has, however, come under heavy criticism from many quarters.

This timely book cautions developing countries against endorsing the agenda proposed at this meeting. If adopted, it would subject the recipients to a discipline of collective control by the donors right up to the village level.

The author, Dr Yash Tandon, executive director of the South Centre, an intergovernmental think-tank of the developing countries, argues that ending aid dependence should be at the top of the political agenda of all countries This will specially affect the present donor-dependent countries, in particular the poorer and vulnerable countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

  • Author: Yash Tandon