Handbook of Aid and Development

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Handbook of Aid and Development

9781800886803 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Raj M. Desai, Professor of International Development, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Shantayanan Devarajan, Professor in the Practice of International Development, Walsh School of Foreign Service and Jennifer L. Tobin, Associate Professor of Public Policy, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, US
Publication Date: June 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80088 680 3 Extent: c 464 pp
With intellectual rigour, the Handbook of Aid and Development not only critically examines the relationship between aid and development, but also discusses recent trends within the field and judiciously considers its future prospects.

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With intellectual rigour, the Handbook of Aid and Development not only critically examines the relationship between aid and development, but also discusses recent trends within the field and judiciously considers its future prospects.

Bringing together unique perspectives from across the globe, this Handbook features contributions from an array of eminent scholars who assess the controversies surrounding aid and development stemming from the effects of aid in donor and recipient countries. Chapters include timely discussions relating to aid in fragile states, conditionality, elite capture of aid, and the dilemma that aid is most effective where it is least needed (and vice-versa). Recent data are used to explore new players, instruments, and issues in the field such as climate change, and the Handbook highlights the need for more innovation and experimentation in the future.

This incisive Handbook will be essential for policy-oriented scholars, researchers, and students in economics and finance, political science, development studies, international affairs, and public policy. Policymakers and their technical advisors who wish to be informed about recent developments in the field will similarly find this to be an indispensable read.

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‘Decades after the launch of the first aid projects there is still a robust debate about the effectiveness and impact of development aid. In this valuable Handbook, Desai, Devarajan, Tobin and their co-authors explore all facets of this debate. They hone in on lessons learned and provide new insights into today’s evolving and more complex development aid landscape. I strongly recommend this Handbook as a constant companion for all development practitioners still struggling to make poverty history!’
– Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization and Former Finance Minister of Nigeria

‘There is such a plethora of analysis and views on international aid and economic development that even the most diligent student can find it hard to see the wood for the trees. This Handbook makes an invaluable contribution to improving that understanding by providing a thoughtfully curated collection of papers on the various aspects of the debate, accompanied by an introduction that serves as a clear and helpful roadmap. It doesn’t resolve all the controversies, but it does make clear what they are and why informed analysts differ on the conclusions.’
– Sir Masood Ahmed, Center for Global Development

‘Aid is important in development for two reasons. First it provides additional resources in finance and knowhow to poor countries which, if well used, could aid their development. The key is of course in “if well used.” Second, the study of aid and its outcomes can shed light on the development process itself, which could help in the design of development policy in general. Both of these dimensions are present in this excellent volume, with contributions from the leaders in the field. It will take its place among the standard reference volumes in development studies.’
– Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University, US
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Contributors include: Sarah Blodgett Bermeo, Ryan C. Briggs, Cathie Carrigan, Cesi Cruz, Riccardo D’Emidio, Elizabeth Dávid-Barrett, Raj M. Desai, Shantayanan Devarajan, Axel Dreher, William Easterly, Salome Ecker, Duncan Green, Gus Greenstein, Anke Hoeffler, Dan Honig, Bouba Housseini, Sarah Hughes-McLure, Patricia Justino, Ayse Kaya, Homi Kharas, Christopher Kilby, Julien Labonne, Carmen Leon-Himmelstine, Emma Mawdsley, John W. McArthur, Célestin Monga, Scott Morris, Kathryn Nwajiaku-Dahou, Ken Ochieng'' Opalo, Una Okonkwo Osili, Bradley C. Parks, Lant Pritchett, Steven Radelet, Allison Schnable, Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Andy Sumner, Jennifer L. Tobin, Samuel Mwita Wangwe, Matthew S. Winters, Ashley Wright
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