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Democratic Trajectories in AfricaUnravelling the Impact of Foreign Aid$
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Danielle Resnick and Nicolas van de Walle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686285.001.0001

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Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation in Zambia *

Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation in Zambia *

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(p.200) 8 Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation in Zambia*
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Democratic Trajectories in Africa
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Lise Rakner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686285.003.0008

The study examines Zambia’s evolving aid relationship in relation to the country’s democratic trajectory. The impact of aid is linked to the development of the party system, the efficacy of key democratic institutions, and accountability by the media and civil society in the political process. The study suggests that there are many good reasons for so-called traditional donors to phase out aid to Zambia. Zambia has recorded economic growth for the most part of this decade, but poverty levels still stand at near 70 per cent and both equity issues and poor human development indicators provide reasons for concern. The study cautions against an aid exit at a time when economic growth and new foreign partners may strengthen the executive office. The study argues for an enhanced emphasis on democracy assistance that may strengthen stakeholders and institutions with capacity to hold the executive to account for their policy actions.

Keywords:   aid, civil society, democracy, political parties, Zambia

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