The aid 'Darlings' and 'Orphans' of the Great Lakes region in AfricaThe aid 'Darlings' and 'Orphans' of the Great Lakes region in Africa
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Political Economy of the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa
Impact of Globalization
European journal of development research. - London, 1989, currens
19(2007):3, p. 433-458
University of Antwerp
This paper looks at the developmental consequences of aid flows on the Great Lakes region in Africa. Our main hypothesis is that political considerations and donor coordination problems still play an important role in directing aid and is much less dependent on objective criteria such as the need for aid or good governance. The region of the Great Lakes in Africa is a good illustration of the 'darlings' versus 'orphans' policy of official development assistance (ODA). Departing somewhat from the dominant pessimist stance on the effectiveness of aid in sub-Sahara Africa we will try to show that overall, the costs of exclusion of certain countries from aid are detrimental for human development. In order to avoid this inclusion/exclusion pattern of aid, a regional donor approach should overarch the dominant country by country donor policy.