Abstract: After several decades of independence, most countries in Africa, especially those in sub-Saharan are still dependent on foreign aid in order to execute most capital intensive projects that are capable of fostering growth and development economically and socially. Despite the fact that most African countries have received these aid in the form of loans from IMF and the World bank, technical aid from developed countries in the form of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and those in conflict zones have even received food donations, example, food from the (USAID) in order to save their population from total extinction as a result of war as in the case of Darfur in Somalia, central African republic, south Sudan etc. These countries are still wallowing in abject poverty and underdevelopment. Evidence of ineffective foreign aid is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa. The debate on how foreign aid can be effective is still on-going without any clear way forward. This paper surveyed several literatures on the topic to highlight the political undertones beneath the grant of foreign aid as the part of the causes of the ineffectiveness of foreign aid in sub-Saharan Africa. The paper applied a deductive approach in explaining foreign aid and development. The paper concluded that political motives may be the immediate and remote cause of the ineffectiveness of foreign aid.
Keywords:Foreign aid, political motive and development. Title:FOREIGN AID AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: THE PROS AND CONS Author:Augustar Dienegha Aprioku ISSN 2349-7831 International Journal of Recent Research in Social Sciences and Humanities (IJRRSSH) Paper Publications
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