Foreign Aid in South Asia examines the individual South Asian country experience in dealing with foreign aid. The articles in this book show that the effectiveness of foreign aid as a developmental tool over the last few decades has been mixed, and that the Paris Declaration of 2005 has brought about some improvement in aid ownership, harmonization, mainstreaming, utilization, etc. The book examines how emerging as well as less developed South Asian economies are adapting to these developments in the context of security issues, post-conflict rehabilitation/reconstruction, and so on.

The book provides many lessons for designing an international framework for aid or international aid architecture through case studies, highlighting the future policy priorities for that country. For the very first time, focus is laid on Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan—the three least-documented countries in the region—besides discussing about India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

South-South Cooperation: Aid Effectiveness and India

South-South Cooperation: Aid Effectiveness and India

South-South cooperation: Aid effectiveness and India


It is unfortunately clear from even a cursory look at the relevant evidence that the worthy objective of the Millennium Challenge Process of eliminating poverty by 2015 will not be achieved. South Asia, which is perhaps home to more than half the world's poor, is nowhere near meeting its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This inadequate progress in eliminating the demeaning scourge of degrading and dehumanizing poverty is despite the increase in aid flows and serious attempts at making these flows more effective. This is demonstrated by the resolve made at the Paris Conference, its follow-up with the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) and the setting up of detailed time bound targets for each of ...

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