Space Constraints Will Not Allow For A Complete Overview Of The Vast Literature On Northern Aid Policies Towards Africa

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Space constraints will not allow for a complete overview of the vast literature on northern aid policies towards Africa in general. As such, this literature is heavily focused on trends in aid quality and quantity, as it relates to the Cameroonian question (Lumsdaine 1993; Therien 2000; OECD annual Development Cooperation reports). There is also a strong emphasis on the evolution of aid policy in the wake of particular events e.g. the end of the Cold war (Cumming 2001; Lancaster 1999), 9/11(Macrae 2005; Howell 2010), the Arab Spring (Frot 2012; Independent Commission for Aid Impact Report 2013) or particular development strategies such as structural adjustment (Wilson 1993; Wuyts 1995) or good governance as it relates to the disbursement of aid (Crawford 1996; Epstein 2008). More specifically, Van Dijk (2009) underlines the increasing activities of the Chinese in Africa. Zahariadis et al. (2000) highlight the limited involvement of America on the African continent, in particular in East Africa. Those studies, when taken together, link directly to the hypothesis of the thesis which focuses on France’s post independence behaviour, and the way in which it contrasts with the aid behaviour or its global peers. French policy makers make decisions and policy that dictate the way in which aid is disbursed, should result in change in instruments used, and the aid tends seen on the ground. However, literature indicates that it often fails to follow the logical, or indicate, pattern.

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