The Role of Foreign Aid in Economic Development


The role of international aid organizations such as the World Bank in promoting economic development in poor countries has been hotly debated. In theory, these organizations can provide financial resources to, share technical expertise and knowledge with, and promote better policies and institutions in developing countries. In doing so, aid agencies can address global poverty, advance the position of women in the economy, work to slow climate change, promote global public health, and contribute to a peaceful world. At the same time, aid agencies are influenced by bureaucratic imperatives and by donor countries with geopolitical, commercial and domestic agendas.

 

Christopher Kilby - Roundtable Chair
TBA - Student Assistant
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