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Aid Ineffectiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Problem of Donor Capacity

Published on 1 January 2005

The reports of the United Nations’ Millennium Project recognise that proposals to increase aid could be hampered by lack of capacity in recipient countries, but say very little about the capacity of donors.

This article seeks to demonstrate that donor capacity warrants equal concern. It focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, which is the region where there has been least progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to which much of the increased aid is thus likely to be channelled. There is substantial evidence to suggest that, while the problems of capacity in African countries are great and cannot be ignored, the manner in which aid is delivered is just as much a problem.

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Conyers, D. and Mellors, R.
IDS Bulletin, volume 36, issue 3


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