Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa: Development without Democracy (Africa Now)
Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa sheds much-needed light on the moral dilemmas and political intricacies raised by the poisonous relationship between foreign aid and autocratic rule. Leading experts on the political situations in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon, Mozambique, and Angola contribute essays that expose the impact of foreign aid on military assistance, rural development, electoral processes, and domestic politics. Offering a controversial yet crucial argument on the perpetuation of authoritarianism in Africa, this book will be an indispensible resource for scholars and activists interested in the relationship between development aid and politics in the contemporary landscape.
MARIE-EMMANUELLE POMMEROLLE 6Foreign aid and political settlements: contrasting the Mozambican and Angolan cases HELENA PÉREZ NIÑO AND PHILIPPE LE BILLON Conclusion: democracy fatigue and the ghost of modernization theory NICOLAS VAN DE WALLE About the contributors Index Introduction: aid and authoritarianism in sub-Saharan Africa after 1990 Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens Introduction This book explores the motives, dynamics and consequences of international aid given to authoritarian
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this continues’ (Uvin, 2010: 176). Finally, for all sorts of reasons, donors sometimes differ radically in their assessment of the dynamics at play in recipient countries, thus preventing coordination and allowing recipients to play one donor against another.5 Foreign aid’s impact on domestic governance Since the end of the 1990s a growing body of large-N scholarship building on statistical datasets has examined the impacts of foreign aid on democracy and democratization in recipient countries.
Ethiopia’s past and present, but also the role of private companies that act as important ‘development brokers’ (Lewis & Mosse, 2006) who shape and implement international aid. Thirdly, we draw attention to how government-led modernization programmes and narratives are accompanied by ‘exceptional’ practices, both by the Ethiopian government and the international donors. Exceptional measures upholding a state of emergency are traditionally associated with humanitarian interventions in response to