Research topic: Aid
Effective development aid requieres as much investing in relationships as in money
Aid, or development assistance, has now a long history; it is half a century since the first United Nations Development Decade was declared. Much has changed as regards the international context: the end of the Cold War, the rising power of middle income countries, the impact of continuing globalisation, the communication revolution. But much remains the same in ‘aidland’: continued debates about the need for policy coherence, problems of corruption, criticism of United Nations bureaucracy and Bretton Woods neoliberalism.
SUMs research on aid
SUM aims to undertake critical research, from different disciplinary perspectives, on the challenges that aid still faces: both for ‘donors’ and ‘recipients’. More specifically we are concerned to:
- Study how power is exercised: not only through the transfer of money, but also other sources of authority: technical expertise, ‘ideas’, formal mandates, moral authority etc.
- Critically examine the phenomenon of ‘aidland’: both the internal workings of aid agencies and how these affect what happens ‘on the ground’
- Participate in continuing aid debates: e.g concerning the need for policy coherence, problems of corruption, criticism of United Nations bureaucracy and Bretton Woods neoliberalism.
- Study major new initiatives, especially those in which Norway plays a significant role – such as GAVI, REDD and human rights.