Catalysing Development: A Debate on Aid (Development and by Jan P. Pronk

By Jan P. Pronk

This quantity offers a state of the art debate at the arguable subject of improvement aid.

  • The individuals are all specialists within the box of overseas development.
  • Presents a few hard conclusions in regards to the position that relief performs in catalysing, or stifling, development.
  • Represents quite a lot of various analytical perspectives.

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Chenery, H. B. and A. M. Strout (1966) ‘Foreign Assistance and Economic Development’, American Economic Review LVI(4i): 679–733. Denison, E. (1962) The Sources of Economc Growth in the United States and the Alternatives before Us. New York: Committee for Economic Development. Emmerij, Louis (1992) ‘High Growth Performance Experience of Dynamic Developing Economies’. Paris: OECD Development Centre (mimeo). ’, in Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid, Ontwikkelingsbeleid en Goed Bestuur.

The creation of Centres of Excellence — particularly in science and technology, but also in management studies — must be stimulated. The fourth lesson is that it is difficult, if not impossible, to move along a very wide front where everything must be tackled simultaneously. There is a real danger of growing paralysis in the ‘flight forward’ approach of development aid, culminating in the Amartya Sen ‘all or nothing’ development strategy, as set out above. But maybe — in order to remain within the general message of this article — the problem must be put as a choice between two possibilities.

Igniting a process of industrialization became a central concern to these authors, whose work has been labelled by catchphrases: ‘big push’ for Rosenstein-Rodan, ‘balanced growth’ for Nurkse, ‘unbalanced growth’ for Hirschman, ‘growth poles’ for Perroux, ‘take off’ for Rostow and ‘great spurt’ for Gerschenkron. Rosenstein-Rodan was probably the first ‘modern’ development economist. As early as 1943 he argued that investment decisions are interdependent and that — at early stages of development — investment projects are often too risky for individual investors.

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