‘Donors go home’: Non-traditional state actors and the creation of development space in Zambia

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Abstract

The international development arena is currently subject to major changes in the geographies of power. In this article I analyse how and to what extent the (re)entry on the development scene of China, India and Brazil, together with increasing prices for primary commodities and improved access to international finance, has affected Zambia’s political leverage to set, implement and fund its own developmental policies. I argue that, while real changes in external financial flows comparable to aid from these non-traditional state actors are still small, these actors’ experience is providing Zambia with an alternative development model that combines purposive state intervention with market-based economic growth and integration into world markets. While Zambia may be taking the first steps in strengthening its ‘sovereign frontier’, the extent of this movement is still small and its development outcomes are far from assured.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThird World Quarterly
Volume35
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)145-162
ISSN0143-6597
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Zambia
  • emerging donors
  • development space
  • development finance

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