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World Development book links: Aid & Debt Relief

The links to articles from newspaper and magazine web sites that are given below are intended as a source of current information that will help research into development issues and they could also be used for the article analysis coursework that is part of the World Development A level course. No list is definitive and the intention is to develop this gradually as a resource for anybody interested in global development.

The articles are loosely categorized using the general headings in the text book but their content is often very broad.

Aid

Guardian article on problems with the nature of aid from US to Africa – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/09/us-food-aid-making-most-disaster?INTCMP=SRCH

Article from The Guardian by the chair of Sudanaid about the importance of continuing British aid to Sudan – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/20/liam-fox-uk-aid-saves-lives-sudan

Telegraph article claiming that much UK aid funds projects that are not successful – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7870261/Overseas-aid-projects-miss-their-targets-DFID-study-finds.html

Bill Gates discussing his aid projects in the Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/7806520/Bill-Gates-on-aid-Africa-and-Apple.html

Oxfam Chief Executive writing about the value of foreign aid in the Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/7593345/Aid-isnt-perfect-but-it-is-transforming-lives.html

Geoffrey Lean article in the Telegraph about the value of focusing aid programmes on the poorest in society – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthcomment/geoffrey-lean/8023507/Help-the-poorest-It-might-just-work.html

Article in the New Internationalist that discusses the negative impact of some Chinese aid to African countries – http://www.newint.org/features/2009/06/01/diplomacy/

Guardian summary of the main themes Charles Kenny’s book Happy About Development Aid, which argues that aid is much more effective than many people believe – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/30/happy-development-aid-charles-kenny?INTCMP=SRCH

Guardian article on the failure of the EU to meet its aid commitments in 2010 – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/apr/06/eu-misses-2010-aid-target?INTCMP=SRCH

Guardian article arguing for a change in the delivery of aid with less control from OECD and more input from receiving countries – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/apr/29/oecd-control-aid-agenda?INTCMP=SRCH

An article from The Guardian criticizing the decision to cut UK aid to Malawi – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/apr/29/cutting-uk-aid-malawi-hurt-poor?INTCMP=SRCH

Short article from The Guardian questioning the need for the UK to give so much aid to India – http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/feb/18/india-aid?INTCMP=SRCH

http://www.odi.org.uk/resources/download/2346-8-page-summary.pdf - A report from ODI on the impact of General Budget Support in Tanzania. The report was produced in 2005 but still provides a good insight into how the process works.

http://www.who.int/health_financing/documents/pb_e_08_2-budget_support.pdf - A technical briefing paper from WHO about the impact of General Budget Support in the health sector in developing countries.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/katine/2010/mar/04/donor-threat-uganda-aid - an article by Liz Ford that discusses the potential link between corruption and reduced aid in Uganda.

Debt

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/resources/policy/debt_aid/downloads/jubilee_debt_women.pd - A useful Jubilee Debt Campaign report on the practical impact of international debt on women in the developing world.

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/resources/policy/economic_crisis/downloads/impact_economic_crisis_women.pdf Another Oxfam report on the impact of debt and the financial crisis on women in the developing world, this one focuses on working women.

http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/hipc.htm - IMF web site about debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative. Good for researching the process that countries have to go through before they become eligible for debt relief.

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