The publication of the Assessing Aid report of the World Bank in 1998 has stimulated the debate on the future of development aid and aid policies. This collection contains a number of studies that aim to contribute to this debate. In this introduction we put the discussion on the future of development aid into perspective and summarise the main findings of the other contributions in this collection. We focus on two issues: the aid effectiveness debate. before and after the Assessing Aid report, and the discussion on policy conditionality and good governance. Our main conclusions are that the evidence on aid effectiveness provided in the World Bank report is less convincing than has been claimed and that the good governance criterion proposed by the World Bank for distributing aid comes down to introducing conditionality in disguise.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Journal of Development Studies|
|Publication status||Published - Aug-2001|