Comments on: Development aid: how can it work? Beyond the World news headlines Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:09:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: trivaniteam Sat, 20 Sep 2008 11:39:46 +0000 Development aid or development cooperation (also development assistance, technical assistance, international aid, overseas aid or foreign aid) is aid given by governmental and economic agencies to support the economic, social and political development of developing countries.

By: buffalojump Mon, 01 Sep 2008 15:16:48 +0000 Both Dave and Ryan have excellent points.

Vincent as usual is only negative. I wish he would put his considerable skills to positive and productive works. I think he has a lot to contribute if only he could change his negative energies to positive ones. For example, Dave and Ryan excellent contributions have points on which to build.

By: Vincent Mon, 01 Sep 2008 13:42:52 +0000 Western aid is a scam that keeps Africa poor.

What African needs is free and fair trade and not “aid,” which are actually loans that generation after generation have to repay.

By: Dave Donelson Mon, 01 Sep 2008 10:49:52 +0000 Africa doesn’t need aid as much as it needs investment. While there is certainly a place for disaster aid and programs that help lay the underpinnings for better health and education (the fights against malaria and HIV/AIDS come to mind), real long-term change is only going to come from private investment in projects that build infrastructure, create jobs, and give the participants an incentive to improve. Capital investment is for the long term; aid is a quick fix. Stable governments, legal systems that protect individual and property rights, and fair access to world markets are the ingredients that will draw investment capital to Africa.
Dave Donelson, author of Heart of Diamonds

By: Nicholas Shaxson Mon, 01 Sep 2008 08:38:16 +0000 Tax, not aid, is the most sustainable, the biggest, the most appropriate and the most stable form of finance for development.

Taxation, and especially direct taxation, makes governments accountable to their people, not to donors, and the need to collect tax widely provides a strong impetus to governments to build stronger institutions. In dollar terms, tax is far, far, bigger than aid. And yet tax is all but forgotten in the development debates. At last, this is starting to change.

Aid can certainly provide much that is good, but it is saddled with these problems that make it much like oil, whose revenues (like aid) don’t make governments accountable to citizens. Like oil, aid causes “Dutch Disease” effects – and much more.

Historians looking at Europe and the United States have long known about the “no taxation without representation” argument and related ones; now development theorists are just waking up to this kind of thing. The IMF has just written a short paper about it (see the link provided below.) Tax is the next wave in the field of development. Christian Aid, Action Aid, the Tax Justice Network, and others are beginning to wake up to this. More are getting interested all the time.

Reuters needs to get on top of this. It’s one of those things where in a few years’ time people will be asking: “why was nobody working on this before?” Catch the wave early, I say, and start to look into it.

This link here “In Africa, pay more attention to tax – IMF” ( in-africa-pay-more-attention-to-tax-imf. html ) provides links to articles that you need to get more acquainted with this stuff.

Also see here (more links are provided at the bottom of the page once you click on it): ent.php?idcat=130

and it would be worth trying to get hold of theorists such as Mick Moore (quoted in the IMF paper you’ll link to from the blog and the web site), Deborah Brauetigam, and a few others. Reuters: pick up the phone and write the stories!

Best wishes

Nicholas Shaxson, (a former Reuters journalist. You might also find of interest an article I co-wrote in The American Interest recently, about why we’ve only got part of the way in understanding corruption:  /article-bd.cfm?Id=466&MId=21 which has a strong tax angle)

By: Ryan Aldred Sun, 31 Aug 2008 13:13:47 +0000 I work with the Afghan School Project, a Canadian development organization which helps to fund and operate the Afghan-Canadian Community Center, a vocational school in Kandahar.

When we began our project, we scanned the news to find a local partner with the necessary skills, motivation and experience, and asked him what he needed to make a difference in his community. We then gave him some of the resources he needed and assessed the project’s effectiveness as time went on.

Today, the ACCC is one of the most effective development projects in Kandahar, with more than 700 students attending at a cost of less than $15 per student per month. Our efforts were successful because we drew upon local expertise, invested in the future of the community, and made efficient use of time and money.