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:

Mozambique:   Two Renamo Officers Join Army and Police (news)
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique
31 July 2015

Two officers from the militia of the former rebel movement Renamo on Friday joined the Mozambican police (PRM) and armed forces (FADM), thus breaking with the policy of the Renamo leadership. [read more]

Mozambique:   Vale Claims Nacala Accident Will Not Delay Coal Exports (news)
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique
31 July 2015

The Brazilian mining company Vale claimed on Thursday that the collapse of a coal stacker will not delay the start of coal exports from the Mozambican port of Nacala-a-Velha. [read more]

Mozambique:   Hydrocarbon Bidding Round Closes (news)
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique
31 July 2015

Mozambique's National Petroleum Institute (INP) on Thursday announced that bidding for the fifth licencing round for exploration and production of hydrocarbons in fifteen blocks is now closed. [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!


Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...