A significant contribution to the ongoing debate on aid effectiveness, Aid Effectiveness in Africa starts from the premise that money alone will not bring sustained development to Africa. With grounding in years of experience and fieldwork, Phyllis R. Pomerantz examines the relationship between aid donors and recipients and the extent to which trust is present in today's aid environment. Pomerantz concludes that there are serious gaps, created in part by a striking lack of knowledge of the African context and culture on the part of the donors, and troublesome institutional constraints that make it difficult for aid agencies to change the way they operate. Joining the urgent call to transform aid agencies and increase aid effectiveness, and eschewing pat solutions and simple formulae, the book offers realistic recommendations and provides an eloquent argument for further, far-reaching reform.
Phyllis R. Pomerantz has worked for the World Bank since 1979. Among other technical and managerial roles, she served as Country Manager and Country Director of Zambia and Mozambique from 1994 to 2000. Following her special assignment to research and write about aid relationships in Africa, she was appointed the World Bank's first Chief Learning Officer, the position she currently holds.
Chapter 1 Foreign Aid Is Not Just Money Chapter 2 Trust in the Aid Setting Chapter 3 Barriers to Trust: Voices from the Field Chapter 4 Culture Matters Chapter 5 Institutional Roadblocks Chapter 6 Tearing Down the Wall: Can Aid Relationships Be Improved?