Democratic Trajectories in Africa: Unravelling the Impact of Foreign Aid

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  • INSTITUTE:
    UNU-WIDER
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University Press
    VOLUME:
    Policy Brief No. 7, 2013
    TITLE:
    Democratic Trajectories in Africa: Unravelling the Impact of Foreign Aid
    AUTHORS:
    by Danielle Resnick
    PUB DATE:
    2013•10•07
    ISSN WEB:
    1814-8026
    ISBN 13:
    978-92-808-3109-2
    COPYRIGHT:
    United Nations University
    COPYRIGHT YEAR:
    2013

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    When, why and how has foreign aid facilitated, or hindered, democracy in recipient countries? Focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, this policy brief examines the impact of foreign aid on supporting transitions from one-party to multi-party regimes, preventing democratic breakdown and the erosion of civil liberties, enhancing vertical and horizontal accountability, and enabling competitive political party systems. Particular attention is given to the trade-offs and complementarities between different types of foreign aid, namely democracy assistance and economic development aid. Select policy recommendations are offered to improve aid effectiveness at bolstering democratic trajectories within the region.