Foreign Aid in South Asia The Emerging Scenario

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Saman Kelegama
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Published by, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Kathmandu; and South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Kathmandu



Published Year

May 2012


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Foreign Aid in South Asia examines the individual South Asian country experience in dealing with foreign aid. The chapters in this book show that the effectiveness of foreign aid as a developmental tool over the last few decades has been mixed, and that the Paris Declaration of 2005 has brought about some improvement in aid ownership, harmonization, mainstreaming, utilization, etc. The book examines how emerging as well as less developed South Asian economies are adapting to these developments in the context of security issues, post-conflict rehabilitation/reconstruction, and so on.

The book provides many lessons for designing an international framework for aid or international aid architecture through case studies, highlighting the future policy priorities for that particular country. For the very first time, focus is laid on Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan—the three least-documented countries in the region—besides discussing about India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Reviews and Highlights in the Media

Trade Insight, Vol.8.No.2, 2012

Review by Hamid Mahmood
Senior Economist, Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan.

“Aid is part and parcel of the development package in South Asia. The book titled Foreign Aid in South Asia: Emerging Scenario offers insights into the role of foreign aid in South Asia’s development. It covers the chronology of aid development and provides a detailed examination of South Asian countries’ adaptation to changes taking place in the context of development, security and post conflict economies.”

The Island, 30th August, 2012
Review by Nimal Sanderatne
Senior Visiting Fellow, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Peradeniya.

“Foreign Aid in South Asia edited by Saman Kelegamais a collection of papers that analyses the experiences in foreign aid of 8 South Asian countries. The foreign aid experiences of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal and of Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan are discussed as case studies. The last three countries are the least documented in the region and the accounts of their foreign aid experiences are especially informative.”