EU Development Aid Towards Sub-Saharan Africa: Exploring the Normative Principle

Social Sciences 4, No. 1: 85-116, 2015

32 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2015

See all articles by Georgios Bountagkidis

Georgios Bountagkidis

University College London

Konstantinos C. Fragkos

University College London

Christos C. Frangos

Technological Educational Institute of Athens - Department of Business Administration

Date Written: January 9, 2015

Abstract

The EU and most aid donors invoke a strong normative power face by explicitly connecting foreign aid with human and social development. However, how well the EU’s rhetoric is consistent with its practices as a multilateral development actor has not been explored extensively. In this study, we challenge the normative dimension of the EU’s development policy and explore whether the EU’s Official Development Assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa is based on objective deprivation on the part of recipient countries or whether it is “interest driven”. We use a least squares dummy variable model regression to examine aid flows from the EU to all 48 Sub-Saharan African states for the period 2000 to 2010. The evidence found indicates that in certain instances, aid allocation contradicts the normative rhetoric that the EU uses to describe its development policy, as the donor’s own interests in the region seem to supersede priority given to the needs of the aid recipient states. A limitation to the findings is the fact that normative values and strategic interests are not mutually exclusive. Nevertheless, the present study suggests that the EU’s portrayal as a force for good in international relations requires cautious critique.

Keywords: European Union, foreign aid, development, normative power, Sub-Saharan Africa

JEL Classification: F35, O29, O55

Suggested Citation

Bountagkidis, Georgios and Fragkos, Konstantinos C. and Frangos, Christos C., EU Development Aid Towards Sub-Saharan Africa: Exploring the Normative Principle (January 9, 2015). Social Sciences 4, No. 1: 85-116, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2547619

Georgios Bountagkidis

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Konstantinos C. Fragkos (Contact Author)

University College London ( email )

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United Kingdom

Christos C. Frangos

Technological Educational Institute of Athens - Department of Business Administration ( email )

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Athens, Attiki 12210
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