Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Nationaløkonomisk tidsskrift,
Nationaløkonomisk Forening

Udviklingsbistanden i perspektiv

2003, Volume 2003, issue 1, pp. 164-186

Finn Tarp ()
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Finn Tarp: Økonomisk Institut, Københavns Universitet

Abstract: Foreign aid has evolved considerably ove the last five decades in response to a dramatically changing global political and economic context. This paper takes a retrospective look at this process and discusses whether aid has been effective in furthering economic growth and development. The implications for the donor community of the decreasing relative importance of aid are assessed, and five examples of how aid policy can be improved in the future are put forward. I argue, in particular, that much greater care should be exercised when applying macro performance evaluation to development assistance. This approach increases the risk of aid becoming politicized and allocated ineffeciently. Instead, a concerted effort should be made to draw much more on microeconomic insights and understanding in aid design and implementation.

Keywords: udviklingsbistand

JEL-codes: A10

Language: Danish

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