Where should middle-income countries feature in the new aid landscape? | Jonathan Glennie

From Aid | The Guardian Mon Nov 12 2012, 02:00:01

A forthcoming debate in Colombia will focus on the vexed issue of whether states that give aid should also receive it

The role of middle-income countries (MICs) in the new aid landscape is one of the mostly hotly contested issues in development, which is why it was the focus of a regional dialogue organised by ODI in Bogotá last month, and will take centre stage at next week's conference on the future of aid. There are two elements.

First, there is the debate about whether aid should be sent to countries that have "graduated" to MIC status. In the UK's case, India is the country most discussed - see this excellent briefing by Development Initiatives - (Guardian readers have given it a thumbs down in a recent poll), but this debate matters to the whole of Latin America, much of Asia and an ever-increasing number of countries in Africa.

Research I have published (some of it with Anna Prizzon) has questioned the commonly assumed need to reduce aid to MICs, for many reasons. The $1,000 income per capita threshold is arbitrary and stingy - if that level of national income is equally distributed, people are living on just more than $3 a day. Who decided that rich-country obligations end when the extremely poor get slightly less poor? At a UN conference recently, an ex-chief of German aid said: " [view whole blog post ]

 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Africa:   World's Media Chiefs Press African Leaders on Freedoms (news)
allAfrica.com
17 April 2014

Editors and publishers from across the world have singled out the governments of Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa and Swaziland for threatening free expression and media freedom. [read more]

South Africa:   Defence Witness Contradicts Pistorius (news)
South African Press Association
17 April 2014

A defence witness on Thursday contradicted the evidence of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius. [read more]

Afrique du Sud:   Affaire Kayumba - le procès touche à sa fin (news)
Radio France Internationale
17 April 2014

En Afrique du Sud, le procès des trois Rwandais et trois Tanzaniens accusés d'avoir tenté d'assassiner l'ex-chef d'état major rwandais reprendra la semaine prochaine. Il ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!