A Study of Domestic Politics on Aid’s Effectiveness in Improving Human Welfare in Sierra Leone (2000-2019)

20 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2022

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Dr. Abu Kai Kamara

University of Sierra Leone - Fourah Bay College

Prince Lahai Momoh

University of Sierra Leone - School of Post Graduate Studies

Date Written: November 11, 2022

Abstract

Critics of foreign aid programs have long argued that poverty reflects government failure. In this paper, I test predictions for aid effectiveness based on an analytical framework that relates aid effectiveness to political regimes. Based on a systematic review of the impact of aid on both state capacity for, and elite commitment to sustainable development, this article concludes that a better understanding of the impact of aid has the potential to directly inform practices of international development. This requires better empirical insight into how donors interact with formal and informal institutions in Sierra Leone. Furthermore, it is critical to see aid as part of a spectrum of international exchange, rather than in isolation. This implies a significant research agenda, combining quantitative and in-depth qualitative analysis, as there are barriers to more informed political analysis to inform practice, and little analysis exists of how donors, even where they do start adopting a political perspective, do influence local institutions and the people they work with.

Keywords: Aid, Sustainable Development, Aid Effectiveness, Elite Commitment, Donors

Suggested Citation

Kamara, Abu Kai and Momoh, Prince Lahai, A Study of Domestic Politics on Aid’s Effectiveness in Improving Human Welfare in Sierra Leone (2000-2019) (November 11, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4273021 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4273021

Abu Kai Kamara (Contact Author)

University of Sierra Leone - Fourah Bay College ( email )

Department of Accounting and Finance
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Sierra Leone
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Prince Lahai Momoh

University of Sierra Leone - School of Post Graduate Studies

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