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  • 1. Y376 International Political Economy February 8, 2012
  • 2. North-South Aid Issues: What the Developing Countries Want
    • Increasing the total amount
    • Untying “tied” aid
    • Increasing the proportion of aid channeled through multilateral agencies
    • Making aid more automatic
    • Giving LDCs more control over the spending of aid
  • 3. What is Aid (Official Development Assistance)?
    • Undertaken by governments
    • Main objective to promote economic development and welfare
    • Made on concessional terms with a grant element of at least 25 percent
  • 4. Figure 6-1. Annual Bilateral ODA by the G-5 Countries, 1960-2007, in Billions of Constant 2006 Dollars Source: OECD Statistics online .
  • 5. Figure 6-3. ODA from DAC Countries, OPEC, CMEA, and non-DAC Countries, 1956-2007, in Billions of Current Dollars Source: OECD Statistics Online.
  • 6. ODA, 2000-2006
  • 7. ODA by Major Donors, 2006
  • 8. Aid as Percentage of GDP
  • 9. Example of US Aid to Iraq
    • Infrastructure
      • Water
      • Electricity
    • Health system
    • Schools
    • Reconstruction
    • Elections
    Source: http://www.usaid.gov/iraq
  • 10. US Aid to Iraq, 2004-2007
  • 11. US Aid to Iraq in Comparison with Aid to Germany and Japan
  • 12. Why Hasn’t US Aid to Iraq Worked?
    • Preference for US over Iraqi contractors (higher costs)
    • Huge proportion of spending went to private companies like Bechtel
    • US concentration on rebuilding oil fields and other infrastructure projects
    • Al Qaeda disruption of aid work, especially in the rebuilding of infrastructure
  • 13. Table 6-2. U.S. Foreign Aid Programs, 2004 Source: Carol Lancaster and Ann Van Dusen, Organizing U.S. Foreign Aid (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 2005), p. 14. Department Name of Program $Millions Department of State Refugee 756 International Organizations and Programs 320 ESF (policy) 3,263 NIS (distribution) 584 SEED (distribution) 442 HIV/AIDS (distribution) 488 Andean Counter-Drug 727 Treasury Department Contributions to Intl. Financial Institutions 1,383 Debt Relief 94 Dept. of Agriculture PL-480 II (budget) 1,185 USAID DA, child survival, disaster 4,511 MCA 994 Iraq Reconstruction 18,439 Other 1,000-1,500
  • 14. Table 6-1. Bilateral Aid to Former Colonies, 1970-1994 Source: Alberto Alesina and David Dollar, “Who Gives Foreign Aid and Why? Journal of Economic Growth , 5 (March 2000), p. 37. Donor Former Colony Share of Total Aid (in percentages) Portugal 99.6 United Kingdom 78.0 France 57.0 Belgium 53.7 Netherlands 17.1
  • 15. Summary
    • Aid flows are strongly influenced by former colonial relationships and power politics
    • Net aid flows do not always remain positive because some aid takes the form of loans that must be paid back
    • The US share of total aid to LDCs declined markedly over time
    • Aid is primarily needed to deal with poverty, disasters, and wars and cannot be used in general to promote long-term economic development