UNU Worldwide in NY Series: For or Against Official Development Assistance?

written by On April 8, 2010 in 2010-2016, Uncategorized, WIIS Blog

UNU Worldwide in NY Series

For or Against Official Development Assistance?

Date: Monday, April 19th, 2010, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00p.m
Conference room 6, Temporary North Lawn
UN Headquarters, New York
Speaker: Finn Tarp, Director of the United Nations University World
Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

To register: http://fororagainstodawebcast.eventbrite.com/?ref=ebtn

The question of foreign aid’s impact on economic growth and development is highly controversial and excites polarised opinions. Optimistic views of aid are exemplified by those of Jeffrey Sachs, who calls for a doubling of worldwide aid flows as a moral obligation of rich countries that will ‘send forth mighty currents of hope’ and
lead to ‘the end of poverty’. In contrast, William Easterly is a vocal sceptic, highlighting aid’s apparent historic inability to buy growth. And today, in the midst of a serious global economic crisis, where aid is arguably more needed than ever, the attention of both the aid community and decision-makers is on Dambisa Moyo’s ‘Dead Aid’, which argues for a complete cessation of aid flows to Africa. This event will provide a balanced overview of the academic literature that has evaluated the effectiveness of aid across countries. Focus will be on the aggregate impact of aid; that is, its effect on country-wide indicators, putting both recent and past literature and insights in

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