Bad aid makes things worse in Sahel

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Sahel_map_2Why has development been unable to break the cycle of poverty in one of the poorest and environmentally damaged regions in Africa? Flawed aid, says a new report:

The short-term nature of many contracts in international development makes it difficult for staff members to develop profound and detailed understanding of the situation, and the management systems in development agencies do not demand such understanding.

Many aid initiatives are based on the shallow analyses […] and are almost always driven by externally imposed ideas of development. Notwithstanding the lip service paid to " participation", the majority of aid organizations develop their programmes on the basis of their own priorities and their own visions. In most cases there is an external analysis of what local people lack, and plans are designed to address this lack.

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