1st Edition

Perspectives on European Development Cooperation Policy and Performance of Individual Donor Countries and the EU

Edited By Olav Stokke, Paul Hoebink Copyright 2005
    654 Pages
    by Routledge

    654 Pages
    by Routledge

    Events of the past twenty years, including the Cold War and the War on Terror, have meant that the environments of international development co-operation have changed extensively, with dramatic consequences for development policies and North-South relations in general.

    Perspectives on European Development Cooperation takes stock of such changes, describing and analyzing the new European development agenda, including the role of the European Union. Essays by prominent authorities in the field examine the development policies of individual donor countries and focus on the principles and objectives governing aid strategies and the performances of these policies.

    This book will be of interest to students of development studies and those involved in determining development policy.

    Introduction: European Development Co-operation at the Beginning of a New Millennium  1. The Changing International and Conceptual Environments of Development Co-operation  2. Austrian Aid Policy  3. Belgian Aid Policies in the 1990s  4. British Aid Policy in the ‘Short–Blair’ Years  5. Danish Aid Policy in the Post-Cold War Period: Increasing Resources and Minor Adjustments  6. Finland: Aid and Identity  7. French Development Co-operation Policy  8. Germany’s Development Co-operation Policy since the Early 1990s: Increased Conceptual Ambitions in Times of Severe Financial Constraint  9. The Foreign Aid Policy of Ireland  10. Trends in the Debate on Italian Aid  11. A New Member of the G-0.7: Luxemburg as the Smallest and Largest Donor  12. All in the Name of Quality: Dutch Development Co-operation in the 1990s  13. Norwegian Aid Policy: Continuity and Change in the 1990s and Beyond  14. Spanish Foreign Aid: Flaws of an Emerging Framework  15. Swedish Development Co-operation in Perspective  16. Swiss Development Co-operation: Major Changes since the Early 1990s and Future Challenges  17. The European Union’s Development Policy: Shifting Priorities in a Rapidly Changing World. Glossary. Notes on Contributors.  Index.


    Olav Stokke is the Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, where he has also served as Acting Director, Deputy Director and the Research Director. He has written extensively on development issues including Food Aid and Human Security (2000) and Policy Coherence in Development Co-operation (1999).

    Paul Hoebink is Associate Professor at the Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen (CIDIN), the Catholic University of Nijmegen. His research has focused on development co-operation policies, aid effectiveness and evaluation. He has published widely on the aid programmes of the Netherlands, the EU and other donors and is a member of several advisory boards.

    'This series provides an important set of research papers on European development assistance. The different essays have given us reliable documentation, and usually an in-depth assessment of some of the key issues that have been (or in some cases ought to have been) debated by administrators and policy-makers of European aid. From an historical perspective, they have left us an increasingly valuable record of the (ever-changing) issues and themes that have successively been the subject of aid discourse over the past quarter-century.' Development Policy Review, 2006, 24 (1)

    'If you want an update on the evolution of official aid in Europe's 15 biggest donor countries, then it's all here in one volume' Development Policy Review, 2006, 24 (1)