Irish Bilateral Aid to Sudan - From Modernisation to Conditionality: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects
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November 1, 2004
Irish Studies in International Affairs, Vol. 15, pp. 147-166, 2004
This paper critically analyses the experience of the Irish government in implementing bilateral aid to a conflict- prone country, Sudan, from the miod- 1970s to the late 1990s. It illustrates the shifting patterns of Irish bilateral aid to Sudan from first- generation (modernisation) activities to second- and third- generation activities that focused on basic needs and civil society. The paper demonstrates that, after a poor beginning, the Irish were successful in carrying out effective, poverty- focused development activities, despite on-going conflict in many parts of the country. Finally, the paper reviews the possibilities for and difficulties inherent in new possible potential engagements in Sudan in the event of a successful peace agreement in the south of the country, particularly given the current military conflict and humanitarian crisis in western Sudan.
Keywords: Irish Foreign Policy, Irish Aid Policy, Sudan, Development, Bilateral Aid, Modernization Theory, Aid Conditionality, Darfur, Development Policy
JEL Classification: O00, O55, F35Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 12, 2009
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