Interesting post by Andrew Rogerson at the ODI in response to last week’s select committee report on aid to Pakistan. Essentially he asks what is the argument for giving aid to a reasonably well off country…

  • second-best humanitarianism (national elites are able but unwilling to help, so external assistance is needed)
  • social engineering (external engagement can promote policy change in the country receiving support)
  • know-how transfer (countries are willing to make changes but lack the capacity or technology do so)
  • catalytic effects (relatively small amounts of official development assistance (ODA) can leverage larger private resources).

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