Foreign Aid and Sustainable Inclusive Human Development in Africa

DBN Journal of Economics and Sustainable Growth, 1(2), pp.1-29 (January, 2019).

24 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2018 Last revised: 16 Jan 2019

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Joseph Nnanna

Development Bank of Nigeria

Date Written: November 5, 2018

Abstract

Motivated by evidence that extreme poverty has been decreasing in all regions of the world with the exception of Africa, the study contributes to the literature on reinventing foreign aid by assessing if development assistance can sustain inclusive human development. The empirical evidence is based on 53 African countries with data for the period 2005-2012 and Generalised Method of Moments. The adopted foreign aid variables include: aid for social infrastructure, aid for economic infrastructure, aid to the productive sector, aid to the multi sector, programme assistance, action on debt and humanitarian assistance. The results reveal that whereas foreign aid improves inclusive human development in the short-run, it decreases it in the long term. Policy implications are discussed with particular emphasis on reinventing foreign aid for sustainable development in the post-2015 development agenda.

Keywords: Foreign Aid; Sustainable Development; Africa

JEL Classification: B20; F35; F50; O10; O55

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and Nnanna, Joseph, Foreign Aid and Sustainable Inclusive Human Development in Africa (November 5, 2018). DBN Journal of Economics and Sustainable Growth, 1(2), pp.1-29 (January, 2019). . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3278546

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

Joseph Nnanna

Development Bank of Nigeria ( email )

Maitama, Abuja
Nigeria

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