ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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The Political Economy of Aid

The Political Economy of Aid Anand Chandavarkar This is an exceptional work in its genre, by any criterion, that fills a conspicuous gap in the exponentially voluminous literature on aid, which has been primarily concerned with the economics of aid. It provides a comprehensive and transparent, yet critical and constructive, narrative of the origin, evolution and the politics of aid by the United Nations (UN), the major donor in the international grants economy. The robust scholarly apparatus, well supported by archival research and instructive tabular material, is robed in lean, muscular prose. The author, a well-credentialled economist, writes with hands-on experience having held several senior positions in the UN, including director of development administration programme in the department of technical cooperation. Remarkably for a civil servant, he is clinically objective in his evaluation of UN aid programmes, free of the self-referential institutional pietas, which so often afflicts retired civil servants who venture into print. Invasiveness of Politics The book

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