New to this edition
Readership: Officials working in aid agencies and NGOs; graduate students on development-related or international relations courses; and informed lay readers with an
interest in development or current affairs.
Roger C. Riddell, Non-Executive Director, Oxford Policy Management, and Principal, The Policy Practice
"'...[an] excellent and significant book...'
" - Alex De Waal, Times Literary Supplement
"'...essential reading for anyone interested in the subject of aid and wishing to be informed about the issues involved.'
" - Nigel Grimwade, Times Higher Education Supplement
"'Roger Riddell's text provides the single best introduction to the history and range of contemporary debates associated with foreign aid, including the rise of international NGOs as major actors and the centrality of domestic politics to shaping aid practice.'
" - John Gershman, Foreign Affairs
"'Riddell provides a compelling and thorough account of the intricacies of foreign aid. The strength of this book is that it establishes the positive attributes of aid without avoiding the need to critically assess its failures. Through a combination of personal experience, conceptual insight and empirical substance, Riddell demonstrates that investigating whether foreign aid works could ensure its future, rather than undermining it.'" - Sara E. Davis, International Affairs
"'For anyone who wants to know more about development assistance, this is a 'must- read'. Roger Riddell provides us with a nuanced and honest outline of past and current aid-flows, their complexities, trends and possible impact. Does aid really work? His answer is a conditional, cautious - yes. And he presents some bold proposals to address some of the systemic weaknesses. It was strong international leadership that delivered the aid-reforms of the 90's. The question is whether the current leaders in development are ready for this debate?'" - Hilde Frafjord Johnson, former Minister of International Development of Norway
"'This book is a heroic achievement. Not only has Roger Riddell mapped out with great clarity the arcane world of international aid, in a way that will help the practitioner as much as the general reader, he has also produced visionary and challenging recommendations for reform of the system.'" - Sir Michael Aaronson, former Director General of Save the Children UK
"'In this impressive new study, Riddell has surpassed even his distinguished Foreign Aid Reconsidered. It includes a rare and much-needed analysis of emergency and voluntary assistance. Complete and authoritative, the book will have a long life as the definitive account of its important subject.'" - Professor Robert Cassen, London School of Economics
1: 'A Good Thing?'
Part I: The Complex Worlds of Foreign Aid
2: The origins and early decades of aid-giving
3: Aid-giving from the 1970s to the present
4: The growing web of bilateral aid donors
5: The complexities of multilateral aid
Part II: Why is Aid Given?
6: The political and commercial dimensions of aid
7: Public support for aid
8: Charity or duty? The moral case for aid
9: The moral case for governments and individuals to provide aid
Part III: Does Aid Really Work?
10: Assessing and measuring the impact of aid
11: The impact of official development aid projects
12: The impact of programme aid, technical assistance and aid for capacity development
13: The impact of aid at the country and cross-country level
14: Assesing the impact of aid conditionality
15: Does official development aid really work? A summing up
16: NGOs in development and the impact of discrete NGO development interventions
17: The wider impact of non-governmental and civil society organizations
18: The growth of emergencies and the humanitarian response
19: The impact of emergency and humanitarian aid
Part IV: Towards a Different Future for Aid
20: Why aid isn't working
21: Making aid work better by implementing agreed reforms
22: Making aid work better by recasting aid relationships