UNDER RECONSTRUCTION -- Our new beautifully-designed, fully responsive site will soon be unveiled...

Development Without Aid

The Decline of Development Aid and the Rise of the Diaspora

David A. Phillips

Development Without Aid

“Development Without Aid” provides a critique of foreign aid as unable to provide the dynamism needed to propel the world’s poorest countries out of poverty and develops an alternative.

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9780857283030
April 2013 | 234 Pages | 229 x 152mm / 9 x 6 | 14+ figures
PRICE:  £70.00  /  $115.00  Buy from Amazon.co.uk  Buy from Amazon.com

About This Book

‘This is a very well-written book which will no doubt have a wide readership covering practitioners of both public and development policy […] In the context of the unresolved controversies relating to the developmental role of external aid, the author makes important contributions towards bringing out the importance of country-specific insights in understanding the mechanisms and processes that explain why, how and when aid works in particular societies which are key considerations for making the design and delivery of aid effective. ’ —Mustafa K. Mujeri, ‘Bangladesh Development Studies’

‘An excellent book – one that I hope starstruck journos at the “FT” and “Economist” [...], who have given the [World] Bank a free pass over the years, will read.’ —Andrew Hilton, ‘Financial World’

‘An excellent book – one that I hope starstruck journos at the “FT” and “Economist” [...], who have given the [World] Bank a free pass over the years, will read.’ —Andrew Hilton, ‘Financial World’

“Development Without Aid” opens up perspectives and analyzes facts about foreign aid to the poorest developing countries. The discussion is advocacy as much as analysis, and makes extensive reference to recent research, including the author’s previous work on the World Bank.

Starting from a perception about development formed during the author’s formative years in what is now Malawi, the book develops a critique of foreign aid as an alien resource inherently unable to provide the necessary dynamism to propel the poorest countries out of poverty, and compromised by profound anomalies which subvert its own effectiveness. The book aims to help move the perception of development in poor countries squarely beyond foreign aid and beyond the discussion of its role, architecture and design, and to re-assert an indigenous development path out of poverty.

To move beyond foreign aid, the book examines a new international dynamic, i.e., the rapid growth of the world’s diasporas as a quasi-indigenous resource of increasing strength in terms of both financial and human capital. It considers the extent to which such resources might be able to replace the apparatus of foreign aid and help move towards a reassertion of sovereignty by poor states, especially in Africa, over their own development process. 

Readership: The book will have principally an educated “public affairs” readership in the foreign aid, development, and foreign policy areas. Secondly it will have an academic readership in the economic/political/social development area where it could be a set reference on courses of study of foreign aid.

Author Information

David A. Phillips is a writer and economic consultant. He was educated in Britain and has a PhD in economic development. 

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction: Motivation and Perspective; 2. What Is Foreign Aid, Who Does It, Why and How Much Is There?; 3. How Far Has Development Aid Been Effective?; 4. Why Has Development Aid Done So Little?; 5. Changing the Dynamics of Development; 6. “New Aid”: New Ways to Promote and Finance Development?; 7. Another Pathway Out of Poverty?; 8. Exit Strategy – Replacing Foreign Assistance; 9. Postscript; Notes; Index