Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93709
Authors: 
Abegaz, Berhanu
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2013/083
Abstract: 
Forty billion dollars of official development assistance during 1991-2012 reduced Ethiopian absolute poverty while underwriting more efficient but exclusionary public institutions. This aid-institutions paradox reflects a strong interest-alignment between major donors pursuing geostrategic objectives and poverty reduction, and a ruling-party seeking total institutional capture, fully-owned development programmes, and a developmental state with legitimizing poverty reduction. Disagreement on democratization predictably produced lackluster progress. By prioritizing adequate space for fundamental non-state stakeholders, a coalition of major donors can and must institutionalize accountability by conditioning scaled-up aid at least with respect for human rights and the rule of law.
Subjects: 
aid
accountability
institution-building
Ethiopia
JEL: 
H77
O23
O43
P33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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