The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development was established in 1961, less than a year after its independence from Britain. The initial aim of the fund was to help other Arab States develop their economies by providing loans and technical assistance. This work offers an account of the Fund and its role in development projects around the world.
Part 1 Tides of change: old Kuwait; oil and independence. Part 2 Building for the future: aid as a catalyst for economic development; backing Beirut; applying for a fund loan. Part 3 Beyond the Arab world: the Chinese experience; untied aid; the battle against river blindness. Part 4 Putting people first: the Mahaweli programme in Sri Lanka; integrated rural development in Tunisia; prawn farming in Kerala; hospitals for Lebanon; workshops for Lebanon's civil service. Part 5 The right sort of help: environmental concerns; technology matters; Maldives tuna fisheries; rehabilitating old industries. Part 6 The Kuwait fund in the 1990s: coping with invasion; international support; Latin America and the former Soviet Union; towards the 21st century.