Aid to Africa: An Unfinished Agenda

Journal of International Development, 17(8):989-1001, 2005

Posted: 15 Nov 2014

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Tony Addison

United Nations University

George Mavrotas

United Nations - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER)

Mark McGillivray

United Nations - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER)

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) give aid to Africa a new emphasis. Yet aid flows to Africa have trended downward over the last decade, and as a consequence more Africans now live in poverty. This is especially true of Sub-Saharan Africa. Any progress towards the main MDG target of halving the number of people living in poverty clearly requires more aid. It also requires a better understanding of what drives aid volumes to Africa and precisely how these flows impact on African economies. This paper examines trends in official aid to Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa in particular, over the period 1960 to 2002, highlighting falls in aid since the early 1990s. It concludes with consideration of future challenges for aid to Africa.

Suggested Citation

Addison, Tony and Mavrotas, George and McGillivray, Mark, Aid to Africa: An Unfinished Agenda (2005). Journal of International Development, 17(8):989-1001, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2524166

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