Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa

Development without Democracy

Tobias Hagmann (Editor), Filip Reyntjens (Editor)

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Abstract

In 2013 almost half of Africa’s top aid recipients were ruled by authoritarian
regimes. While the West may claim to promote democracy and human rights,
in practice major bilateral and international donors, such as USAID , DFID ,
the World Bank and the European Commission, have seen their aid policies
become ever more entangled with the survival of their authoritarian protégés.
Local citizens thus find themselves at the receiving end of a compromise
between aid agencies and government elites, in which development policies
are shaped in the interests of maintaining the status quo.
Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa sheds light on the political intricacies and
moral dilemmas raised by the relationship between foreign aid and autocratic
rule in Africa. Through contributions by leading experts exploring the revival of
authoritarian development politics in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon,
Mozambique and Angola, the book exposes shifting donor interests and rhetoric
as well as the impact of foreign aid on military assistance, rural development,
electoral processes and domestic politics. In the process, it raises an urgent
and too often neglected question: to what extent are foreign aid programmes
actually perpetuating authoritarian rule?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherZed Books
ISBN (Print)978-1-78360-628-3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2016
SeriesAfrica Now

Keywords

  • foreign aid
  • authoritarianism
  • democracy
  • development
  • Africa

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Hagmann, T., & Reyntjens, F. (Eds.) (2016). Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa: Development without Democracy. London: Zed Books. Africa Now
Hagmann, Tobias (Editor) ; Reyntjens, Filip (Editor). / Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa : Development without Democracy. London : Zed Books, 2016. (Africa Now).
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