Foreign aid and national development. Case study Kenya

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A Vigorous debate has raged for some time now over the effectiveness of foreign aid. It is often criticized for not having contributed to economic growth and poverty reduction. Prominent critics of foreign aid such as William Easterly, Dambisa Moyo, and Farah Abuzeid recite many of their findings about aid ineffectiveness. 1 Not only that but also historical evidence has proven aid ineffectiveness on the basis of that it is never purely philanthropic for example in the case of sub-Saharan Africa, which remains to be one of the poorest regions yet receives the most amount of aid. It is true we need to condemn where aid has failed, but also need to build on rather just dismiss where it has succeeded and where new initiatives show promise. While there is some truth in each, the accumulated evidence suggests a much more nuanced picture in which overall aid has done a fair amount of good in many countries despite its failures in others, and that increased aid can do more if we improve how we give it

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