Despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent on foreign aid to sub-Saharan Africa, a sure path to growth and development has not yet been found - and each new heralded approach has crumbled amid regrets and recriminations. The authors of ""Smart Aid for African Development"" provide critical assessments of the main components of foreign assistance, considering how smarter use can be made of available resources to advance growth and democracy, rebuild war-torn societies, and reduce the crippling poverty that underlies many of the continent's fierce conflicts.A critical assessment of the main components of foreign aid to sub-Saharan Africa, considering how smarter use can be made of available resources to advance growth and democracy, rebuild war-torn societies, and reduce the crippling poverty that pervades the continent.
Richard Joseph is John Evans Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. Alexandra Gillies is based at the University of Cambridge, where she is conducting research on oil-sector governance reform in Africa.
Foreword - Larry Diamond. Smart Aid: The Search for Transformative Strategies - the Editors. Donors and the Delivery of Aid. More Aid or Smarter Aid? Donors, Governance, and Accountability - P. de Renzio. How Smart Are Aid Donors? The Case of the US - C. Lancaster. The Commission for Africa: Assessing the Approach - V.L. Derryck. Evaluating Strategies for Aid and Debt Relief. Rethinking Budget Support for Africa: A Political Economy Perspective - J. Barkan. The Search for Smart Debt Relief: Questions of When and How Much - T.M. Callaghy. The Challenges of Improving Aid: A Practitioner's Perspective - I. Hopwood. Assessing Economic Reforms in a Postconflict Setting: The Case of Liberia - J.F.E. Ohiorhenuan. The Challenges of Promoting Good Governance and Democracy. Rethinking Anticorruption Efforts in Liberia - W. Reno. Beyond the Political Economy of Corruption: The Kenyan Challenge - P.A. Nyong'o. Voters But Not Yet Citizens: Democratization and Development Aid - M. Bratton and C. Logan. Democratizing Donor - Civil Society Relations: Evidence from Governance Programs in Nigeria - D. Kew. Africa After Gleneagles: Overcoming Misrule and Stalled Development - R. Joseph. Conclusion. Aid, Transformation, and Growth in Africa - the Editors.