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The impact of donor and recipient government policies and practices on the effectiveness of foreign aid to a middle income developing country: case studies from Jordan

Jaradat, Ruba (2008) The impact of donor and recipient government policies and practices on the effectiveness of foreign aid to a middle income developing country: case studies from Jordan. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    Abstract

    This research investigates the foreign aid policies and practices of donor countries and
    of Jordan, a middle-income aid recipient country, through an examination of case
    studies of recent aid provision to Jordan. It examines the bearing of these policies on
    the effectiveness and efficiency of aid projects. The research concentrated on four
    case studies carefully chosen by the criteria of different donor nations and policies;
    and the different nature of the projects that cover the four main areas of development
    needs for Jordan. The case studies consisted of analysis of documentation and
    outcomes, and significant interviews with the selected participants.
    The case studies were chosen to explore the different mission statements, policies and
    practices and included the GTZ- funded Petra Stone Preservation Project, the USAIDfunded
    ICT Initiative, the DFID-funded Capacity Building in the Management of
    Jordan’s Education Services Project, and the JICA-funded Improvement of Water
    Supply System to Greater Amman Project.
    The study examines the effectiveness of aid in poor policy environments. It shows
    that the role of donors in ensuring the effectiveness of the aid they present goes
    beyond selecting recipients based on their policies and governance. Indeed, foreign
    aid is not donor-neutral and its effectiveness is not only dependent on the quality of
    governance and institutions of the recipients. The research demonstrates that a donor’s
    national interests and the influence of stakeholders determine the course and benefits
    of aid, and that judgements of success or failure vary between the standpoints of the
    donor and the recipient.
    The study investigates the impact of a number of variables on the effectiveness of
    foreign aid. Those variables include aid project design and delivery mechanisms, and
    institutional capacity and cultural constraints of aid recipients. The research focuses
    on relationships between donors and recipients and the differences in interests and
    objectives. It also looks at the impact of conditionality and tied aid on the sustainable
    benefits of the aid intervention.
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    Although existing literature does address some of these considerations, there is very
    little direct evidence which links development theory with detailed practical examples.
    Where such examples are available, they are invariably weighted heavily by evidence
    which originates with, and is interpreted through, donor perceptions. This study
    provides a balanced analysis of four initiatives taking account of both donor and
    recipient expectations, experiences and assessments.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
    Schools: The Business School
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2008 11:30
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:29
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/2975

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