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The Samaritan's DilemmaThe Political Economy of Development Aid$
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Clark C. Gibson, Krister Andersson, Elinor Ostrom, and Sujai Shivakumar

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278855

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199278857.001.0001

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What Have We Learnt About Aid?

What Have We Learnt About Aid?

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(p.223) 11 What Have We Learnt About Aid?
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The Samaritan's Dilemma
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Clark C. Gibson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199278857.003.0011

This chapter discusses how aid might be delivered more effectively. While referring to Sida, it provides suggestions that are general enough to be useful to any agency concerned with development assistance. It identifies six general areas that deserve the attention of all aid agencies, the recipients of international assistance, and those engaged in the analysis of this policy field. These are: an awareness of the important role of incentives; paying attention to the nature of the good involved; focusing on how ownership is related to sustainability; examining how learning is encouraged at an individual and organizational level; the role of consultants in development assistance; and the importance of putting beneficiaries first.

Keywords:   development assistance, incentives, goods, ownership, sustainability, consultants, beneficiaries

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