Better aid, less ownership: multi-annual programming and the EU’s development strategies in Africa

Carbone, M. (2008) Better aid, less ownership: multi-annual programming and the EU’s development strategies in Africa. Journal of International Development, 20(2), pp. 218-229. (doi:10.1002/jid.1452)

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.

Abstract

This paper explores the changing aid relationship between the European Union (EU) and Africa since the early 2000s, emphasising the existence of a paradox: on the one hand, the EU has been preoccupied with improving the quality of its aid; on the other hand, it has failed to fully take into account the voice of the recipients in the design of the Country Strategy Papers (CSPs). The failure to promote local ownership is due to the excessive preoccupation of the European Commission with showing that it is able to commit and spend money quickly and to the new emphasis on ensuring increased coordination and complementarity with the Member States, which results in a reduced space for negotiations with recipient countries. More controversial are the conclusions on the EU's contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carbone, Professor Maurizio
Authors: Carbone, M.
Subjects:J Political Science > JZ International relations
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Journal of International Development
ISSN:09541748
ISSN (Online):1099-1328
Published Online:11 March 2008

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record