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By Tobias Hagmann

There is a surprising element of Africa’s international reduction that's virtually completely missed: in view that 2013, virtually half Africa’s best reduction recipients were governed by means of authoritarian one-party states. Many overseas donors comparable to USAID, DFID, the realm financial institution, and the ecu fee have watched their reduction rules changing into more and more entangled with the agendas of governmental elites. the placement activates an uncomfortable query: to what volume are international reduction courses now really perpetuating authoritarian rule in Africa?
Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa sheds much-needed mild at the ethical dilemmas and political intricacies raised by means of the toxic courting among international relief and autocratic rule. best specialists at the political occasions in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon, Mozambique, and Angola give a contribution essays that reveal the influence of overseas reduction on army tips, rural improvement, electoral tactics, and family politics. delivering a arguable but the most important argument at the perpetuation of authoritarianism in Africa, this booklet can be an indispensible source for students and activists drawn to the connection among improvement reduction and politics within the modern landscape.

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