New Markets for Local Experts in Africa?

MORE RESPONSIBILITIES TO SOUTH CONSULTANTS IN DEVELOPING THE COUNTRIES, M. V. Hauff, H. Werner, eds., pp. 63-74, Verlag Wissenschaft & Praxis, 1995

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Dirk Kohnert

GIGA - Hamburg, Institute of African Affairs

Abstract

In the past decades the involvement of local experts in the planning and evaluation of development programs has steadily increased. Ownership of development planning is propagated as major aim of bilateral and international development co-operation. Yet, the quality and performance of many local experts is still open to question, last but not least, because they share the same technocratic bias as quite a number of their Western counterparts, notably concerning pro-poor development policies, empowerment and ill-adapted technology transfer. An unreserved replacement of expatriates by local experts, or the substitution of technical assistance by unconditioned budget aid would be counter-productive with respect to poverty-oriented development policies.

Keywords: consultancy, aid, technical cooperation, capacity building, Africa, indigenous knowledge

JEL Classification: F35, H52, H75, I21, D83, N37, N87, Z13

Suggested Citation

Kohnert, Dirk, New Markets for Local Experts in Africa?. MORE RESPONSIBILITIES TO SOUTH CONSULTANTS IN DEVELOPING THE COUNTRIES, M. V. Hauff, H. Werner, eds., pp. 63-74, Verlag Wissenschaft & Praxis, 1995. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1027861

Dirk Kohnert (Contact Author)

GIGA - Hamburg, Institute of African Affairs ( email )

German Inst. of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
D-20354 Hamburg
Germany

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