"[This book] pulls together essays by young and veteran practitioners, from both donor and recipient countries, and from economic, political, and geospatial, perspectives."—J. David Richardson, Syracuse University
The internal destabilization of many poor countries that accompanied the end of the Cold War and the general failure of structural adjustment programs have changed the nature and allotment of foreign aid around the world.
Major donors of foreign aid such as the United States, Japan, and the European Union have been shifting their geographical priorities in allocating aid, as well as their project emphasis, since the end of the Cold War. In addition, multilateral aid agencies—the World Bank, the United Nations, and the International Monetary Fund—are attempting to redress past failures of aid and revamp policies and priorities. Moreover, aid recipients in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet republics, and Central America are establishing priorities of their own and evaluating the success and failure of past aid programs.
This volume stands out in the literature on foreign aid because it includes contributions from eight policy representatives from a range of important donor and recipient countries—the United States, Japan, the
Netherlands, Bolivia, Egypt, Bangladesh, El Salvador, and Poland. Timely in its assessment of the crisis and the transition in the foreign aid regime, the book provides a view from inside the policy process and imparts a researcher’s perspective on the changing priorities for donors and recipients. The wide-ranging essay—most previously unpublished—aim to shed light on the changing political, economic, and regional geographies of aid at the end of the twentieth century.
Richard Grant is associate professor of geography, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
Jan Nijman is associate professor of geography and director of the International Studies Program at the University of Miami. He is the author of The Geopolitics of Power and Conflict: Superpowers in the International System, 1945-
Series: Space, Place and Society
6.32 x 9.34, 272 pages, 15 black and white illustrations, 9 maps